From my experience as a music blogger, I find that collaborative projects are typically the most eclectic in sound. This is the case with Markus Murphy and his band of jazz alumni. Combining the diverse experiences of all artists, the collaboration aims to “deliver the highest shelf of sound.” Already an established artist with over two decades in the music industry, singer-songwriter Markus Murphy has produced unique music blending contemporary styles with old-school jazz. The latest addition to his discography is the single ‘Already Blue’.
Featured on Sinusoidal Music, Roadie Music, and Music Arena GH, along with airtime by Danny Kirk and Irles Music, Murphy is reaching old and new audiences on an international level. Described by Roadie Music as knowing “…how to write and structure a theme that makes us consciously daydream”, Murphy takes listeners into a psychedelic stream of sound. Following his well-received single ‘ROLLING’, ‘Already Blue’ has a mild pop tinge layered across a jazzy melody.
Immediately taking me back to the days of Marvin Gaye, there is a nostalgic element in ‘Already Blue’. Toe-tapping and body-swaying, the single has a bop feel to it, but there remains a soft mellowness to the sound. A guitar-led song, the dynamic guitars take presence throughout whether it be a bass or lead guitar – the thing is it all sounds amazing without any distortion. What makes ‘Already Blue’ kaleidoscopic is the various textures of instrumentation incorporating horns, drums and, as mentioned, guitars.
No one can ever beat Chicago as a band in my eyes, but Canada-based Markus Murphy is up there with the greats. No Chicago, but the obscurity of his melodic arrangement makes the track rather unique. Unlike ‘ROLLING’ it is faster showcasing the versatility of the artist, but the speeder pace is just as chilled.
The third single from the maj9 sessions, a collection of songs to be recorded together but to be released separately, ‘Already Blue’ crawls under your skin spinning you about with groovy vibes. My only disappointment when it comes to Markus Murphy and his crew is that I’m not getting enough of it. If ‘Already Blue’ is anything to go by, I cannot wait for what else he has up his sleeve.