Sequoyah Murray announces debut LP Before You Begin Out 13 September via Thrill Jockey

June 13, 2019

Sequoyah Murray announces debut LP
Before You Begin
Out 13 September

Atlanta based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer Sequoyah Murray has announced his debut album Before You Begin, out 13 September. The album comes shortly after Murray’s acclaimed EP Penalties Of Love.

At just 22 years old, Sequoyah Murray is crafting the kind of concise, singular musical statements that many artists strive for their whole careers. His mutant brand of modern soul is as deeply eclectic as it is instantly arresting, a quality that drew early comparisons to Arthur Russell. Like Russell, Murray has a boundless, playful approach to composition; an incredible breadth of vision balanced by concise editing. Futuristic electronics, West and North African influenced polyrhythms, gospel vocals and psychedelic Tropicália textures blend seamlessly, anchored by his astounding three-octave baritone. Before You Begin demonstrates the immense scope of his artistry. Composed, played and produced almost entirely by Murray himself, the album takes the listener on a deeply personal journey through youth.

Before You Begin traces Murray’s “historical fiction of his own life”, as he puts it. It is as sensuous and blissful as it is blue, mining memory to craft vivid, dreamlike pieces that feel instantly relatable yet otherworldly. The album is influenced by Murray’s experience growing up in one of the world’s music capitals. Atlanta’s hip-hop and trap heritage finds its place in his inventive lyricism, future-seeking sonics and DIY approach to music-making. Although Murray points to rap as one influence, he cites Atlanta’s lesser-known jazz and free-improv scene as facilitating his development as an artist. Growing up in a musical family, his parents being active musicians, Murray often joined them in improvisation sessions. His frequent exposure and involvement with such a creative environment helped nurture and develop Murray into an adept improviser.

Sequoyah Murray – Before You Begin tracklist
1. Here We Go
2. I Wonder
3. Sublime
4. Blue Jays
5. Sun Flower (I Love You More)
6. Let’s Take the Time
7. Penalties of Love
8. Is Enough
9. Before You Begin

Pre-order Sequoyah Murray’s Before You Begin and listen to “Penalties of Love”:

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