Published on January 2nd, 2013 | by greg0
John Murry: California:: Official Video
“California Dreamin” this ain’t. John Murry’s “California” is a land of broken promises, tired souls and heartache. In other words, the sky is just is grey there as it is here. In the video for “California,” Murry wanders around San Francisco altered by a creepy off kilter videography technique which was suitably unnerving. “California” was taken from Murry’s The Graceless Age which will be available on March 5th via Evangeline Recording Co.
AFTER FIRESTORM OF U.K. RAVES AND UNCUT MUSIC AWARD NOMINATION, U.S. RELEASE CONFIRMED MARCH 5 FOR JOHN MURRY’S ‘THE GRACELESS AGE’ ON EVANGELINE RECORDING CO.
LAST ALBUM PRODUCED BY TIM MOONEY (SUN KIL MOON, AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB)
“LIKE FATHER JOHN MISTY, MARK LANEGAN, AND JOSH T PEARSON ROLLED INTO ONE REALLY BROKEN DREAM.” – Q MAGAZINE
After a firestorm of U.K. raves, John Murry’s ‘The Graceless Age’ has been confirmed for March 5 on Evangeline Recording Co. It’s the last album co-produced by Tim Mooney of American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon before his death June 13, in collaboration with Murry.
‘The Graceless age’ is one of eight albums nominated for an UNCUT Music Award and praise has been effusive on the other side of the pond, where Murry is launching a winter tour shortly. MOJO is planning a feature. The Sun gave it 5 stars out of 5, saying, “Occasionally, an album comes out of nowhere that completely blows your mind. Like this one… A genuine tour de force.” In another 5 star (out of 5) review, R2 called it “a genuine American masterpiece.” In a 9 star (out of 10) review, UNCUT described the “deeply textured… ruined grandeur,” continuing, “This is what ‘The Graceless Age’ as a whole does so unforgettably, beating honest witness to a burning world.”
The album brings together organic and synthetic elements to create its own despairing, lush soundscape from female vocals cradling the ashes of John’s cigarette-stained drawl to loops of electric guitar feedback over his howl; from an answering machine message to insistent, creeping synthesizer; from CB radio samples to a violin; and from an alarm’s swells to a warm acoustic guitar. Moments on ‘The Graceless Age’ can be compared to eels, Sparklehorse, and Beck’s ‘Sea Change’ but these stories burn true in Murry’s own writing and singing.
Now based in Oakland, CA, John Murry has lived many lives. He grew up in Elvis’ hometown of Tupelo, MS and there’s a photo of Elvis in concert that shows his mother reaching out to touch his hand. He was a junkie after he left Memphis to go to that den of iniquity, California. He wrote for the Village Voice for a time. He is William Faulkner’s second cousin and friends have described him as lost in the worlds of southern literature. He has seen death in an alley and managed to stumble back from it. These identities come together in ‘The Graceless Age.’