John Murry – A Short History of Decay (2017)

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Folk, Folk Rock, Americana, Singer-Songwriter | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:40:38 | 95 MB
Label: Latent Recordings

Some artists become legends. They become household names. Most people will know at least one or two of their songs. For whatever reason their mainstream success transcends commercialism, and they end up transforming popular culture and by extension, culture at large. These artists' names become adjectives. Dylan-esque. Beatles-esque. Australian enfant terrible Nick Cave may not have quite reached that stage, but he's close. Most music lovers will immediately understand it when you call something ‘Nick Cave-esque". Of course, the adjective itself can quickly become a crutch for lazy reviewers, and all too often for artists as well. So it's a pleasant surprise to hear a release that can be called Nick Cave-esque but still very much marches to its own beat.
John Murry's life story in itself is the stuff of legends. From an unhappy, over-medicated childhood to drug addiction, musical success, and another fall into addiction and even prison, his life story reads like a book. He also was adopted into William Faulkner's family at birth (a cousin of his mother). John certainly need not look far for inspiration.
A Short History of Decay is an album that resulted from a chance meeting with Cowboy Junkies guitarist Michael Timmins. Recorded over a five day period with an emphasis on off-the-cuff creativity, the album is a strong statement by an iconoclastic artist, backed by a tight group of excellent musicians. This is a sonically adventurous release, frantic and understated at the same time, with cavernous piano, telephone vocals, sudden volleys of fuzzed-out guitar, and the backup vocals of Cait O'Riordan ( the Pogues, Elvis Costello).
Traclklist:
01. Silver or Lead
02. Under a Darker Moon
03. Wrong Man
04. Defacing Sunday Bulletins
05. When God Walks In
06. Come Five & Twenty
07. One Day (You'll Die)
08. Countess Lola's Blues
09. Miss Magdalene
10. What Jail Is Like
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