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Review: Richard Murray – ‘The Long Haul’

by admin August 26, 2020

Review: Richard Murray – ‘The Long Haul’

A Northern Irish singer-songwriter with a penchant for a contemporary form of country music, Richard Murray has been a central part of his local music scene for well over a decade. Starting as a session musician, he went on to release his debut album in 2007, a deft blend of alt. rock and timeless country that illustrated his style in perfect form. Since then, Richard has continued to impress, releasing new music and touching almost relentlessly throughout the UK and Europe, the Middle East, and Chine.

After singing with Ginger Syrup Records in 2017, Richard spent the next few years refining his sound and bringing to life his new album, ‘The Long Haul’. A blend of classic Americana and rustic country, Richard specialises in fusing classic sounds with elements of vibrant Irish rock, bringing to light his own creative style with the distinct influences of Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, and Thin Lizzy.

Sung with a rich, soulful sound, the album fades into existence on a wave of poetic, country charm, forming an immediate and wonderfully impressive sound. Incorporating elements of chamber pop, indie rock, the occasional classical flourish, Richard creates a unique balance right off the bat with ‘Thunderbird’, a textured, lo-fi single that rolls with distinct approachable sound. It’s an impressive introduction, one that is carried forward brilliantly by more intimate, driven numbers like ‘Blue, Dyed In The Wool’, the tender, heartfelt tones of ‘Devils’, and the more lavish, classical sounds of ‘Beside The Dying Fire’.

Packed full of highlights, Richard illustrates his cultivated and expansive sound with the more stripped back sounds of ‘Thunderbird, Pt. 2’ and ‘The Barren Waste’, two of the most accomplished and arguably impressive songs on the album. Embracing a rustic, charming sound, Richard’s soothing vocals and intricate songwriting creates a solid and impressive new release, becoming a refreshing and authentic musical journey that will stand the test of time.

You can find ‘The Long Haul’ now on Apple Music and Amazon.

Score: 8/10

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