Thomas-Joseph & Murphy
Reviewed by Amanda DeAngeles
Making the small hours less weary...
If you’re an insomniac in the mood for a modern lullaby, or three, or more, then here is music to blow gently over your skin and stroke you sweetly off to a pleasant dream. All fourteen tracks (yes, fourteen) follow a similar melodic remit attached to gentle poetry sung with Mother Nature’s inflection. Smooth haunting guitars are occasionally accompanied by violin, viola, piano, bass guitar, percussion and harmonica.
I particularly enjoy the lyrical content left behind this harmonic duo’s aligned trail.
Thomas-Joseph leads vocally, while Murphy adds a whisper of alto backing. Their music has a rural American feel, inviting a welcome path toward an alternative open meadow to those trapped in a Liverpudlian urbanite jungle.
There is something highly understated about this music - perhaps that is why it is so hypnotic and easy to listen to.
I was fortunate to catch a few words with Thomas-Joseph following their recent album-launch gig:
Congratulations on the release of 'Weary Nights',
T-J. Was this a carefully constructed work from the start of your musical
partnership or did the ideas fall one by one for this generous fourteen
Your songs seem sensitive and quite personal…
You are both highly competent musically, have
either of you been in a band?
You seem to be good friends who have an instinct
without speaking in your joint musical performance; a connection without
need for signals…
You have had a busy year, what are your future
Who has the most songwriting input?
Album available now from their manager: www.myspace.com/thomasjosephandmurphy
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