Tuesday, 8 March 2011

A Tune For Tuesday: Alexi Murdoch - Towards The Sun

Alexi Murdoch is a new name to me, first coming to my attention thanks to NPR's fantastic First Listen new music section. It might still be hanging around for another day or two, if you fancy a run through.

Anyhow, the Scottish singer-songwriter has a quiet, contemplative style that really hits home on some parts of his new record Towards The Sun. That's on a daily MP3 deal here on AmazonMP3 for the bargainous price of $2.99, if you can catch it.

MP3: Alexi Murdoch - Towards The Sun
Taken from the album of the same title, out now
Stream & download via Bandcamp here


Today's tune for a fine Tuesday is also the title track, which offers up all the elements of the songsmith's finer points. Washing in on a light, simple strum of acoustic guitar, Murdoch builds the song a little at a time, adding in brief flourishes to his playing and the faintest dash of keys where appropriate. The power lies in the honest warmth of the singer's voice, ably supported by his confident, minimalist playing. Despite the stripped down style, the sound feels deep and rich.

Taking his new stuff to the road, Mr Murdoch is available to be seen on both sides of the pond during the next couple of months, including a stop in Brooklyn's increasingly gentrifi-tastic hipster-haven, Williamsburg. Check out the other dates & cities below.

Alexi Murdoch Upcoming Tour Dates 

Tuesday, Mar 09 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore (w/ The Cairo Gang)  
Wednesday, Mar 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church (w/ Sam Amidon)  
Thursday, Mar 24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Sam Amidon) 
Thursday, Apr 07 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet  
Friday, Apr 08 - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Motel Mozaique Festival  
Wednesday, Apr 13 - Paris, France @ Cafe de la Danse  
Tuesday, Apr 19 - Berlin, Germany @ Lido  
Wednesday, Apr 20 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Mousonturm 

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