It's not easy to hold an unclouded mirror up to the world. The temptation to fog up truths or angle them in ways that are less painful is nigh irresistible. To look at things as they are warts and all, good and bad requires a brave heart and sturdy constitution. To then stir that honest stuff into songs that communicate successfully to others is rarer still. This is what Oakland, CA-based singer-songwriter John Murry does with clear-eyed, unsentimental efficiency.
Cut from the same cloth as Elliott Smith, Lou Reed, Jeff Tweedy and Darkness On The Edge of Town-era Springsteen, Murry faces what he sees in the glass unflinchingly and then turns the mirror on us in ways that allow one to see their own reflection in sharper focus.
'I don't expect to hear a better album this year' The Guardian
Tour support comes from Malojian. The Northern Ireland-based singer-songwriter, who cites Neil Young, Roy Harper and Grandaddy among his influences, is touring his latest album, Southlands.
'The North's best songwriter over the last half decade' Hot Press