New Release – Alexi Murdoch
Alexi Murdoch is a singer-songwriter born in London and raised in Scotland, Greece and France, now living in Berlin.
Murdoch moved to the United States in 1998 to study at Duke University, before moving to Los Angeles, California to be with a girlfriend. He first gained notice when an influential Los Angeles DJ, Nic Harcourt, began playing his music on the radio station KCRW.
It led to much interest from the LA’s music industry, which Murdoch largely ignored, turning down advances from record labels and opting to release his music independently.
Murdoch’s first album, Time Without Consequence, was released on June 6, 2006 on his own label, Zero Summer though the record was distributed nationally through Sony BMG.
The album became one of the most licensed albums of the decade, receiving placements on dozens of films and television shows. “Orange Sky” appeared in The O.C., House, Prison Break, Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Ladder 49, and in promotions for Oscar nominated foreign film, Paradise Now, Southland and a Honda commercial plus many more.
It was the brilliant “Orange Sky” that caught my attention originally via an appearance on Rachel Fuller’s webcasts “In The Attic” aired during The Who’s 2006 tour.
In the spring of 2009, Murdoch embarked on a rare U.S. headlining tour, during which he distributed an early version of what would become his next album Towards the Sun in a limited edition packaged in a hand-printed, cardboard sleeve.
Several of these new songs quickly appeared on the internet. Later, the song “Through the Dark” was used in the final scene and end credits of actor Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, as well as the television series “The Vampire Diaries”.
Several other Towards the Sun songs were used on the soundtrack to Oscar winner Sam Mendes’ 2009 film Away We Go which had a screenplay by the writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. There was an album tied to the film release which contained a mix of songs from Time Without Consequence and Towards the Sun alongside single songs by The Stranglers, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and the Velvet Underground.
This month we have finally seen the official release of “Towards The Sun” and has certainly not disappointed!
The whole album is a delight and anyone who loves the music of Nick Drake should find this album a real pleasure.
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