Greg Murray


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Part of the charm of lo-fi recordings is that they are intimate. Greg Murray definitely offers up this quality on the Edge EP. This is a home recording that relies on textures; there is a lot going on, possibly too much, which doesn't make it clean. You can hear separate tracks punch in and out of Edge; where the home recordings of Eric's Trip could get away with this, Murray's tracking throws Edge off a tad. The songs on Edge are delicate tunes, reminiscent of Damien Jurado or Her Space Holiday's quiet moments. When Greg Murray throws in an occasional tempo shift, the effect is very disorienting and interesting, adding an uneasy quality to the sweetness. "Daggers" presents Murray's gentle strumming and picking while setting up his vocals as the melody, sounding a lot like Low's Alan Sparhawk. Harmonica creates a wonderful dissonance in the last two tracks, especially in "Slowmo." Murray keeps "Slowmo" restrained, which works very well and is a direction he should continue to pursue. Greg Murray gives listeners a decent debut with Edge.

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