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Towards The Sun

Towards The Sun

March 8, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Label: Zero Summer Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Zero Summer Records
  • Total Length: 37:21
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  • ASIN: B004NA2HHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,844 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. Loudon on March 8, 2011
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Although his debut EP, "Four Songs," came out in 2002 and his first album, "Time Without Consequence" was released in 2006, it took an additional three years before Alexi Murdoch's music began to captivate large audiences. In 2009, Murdoch's music was used for nearly 70 percent of the soundtrack to the movie "Away We Go." It was then that Murdoch's name finally earned some recognition. His tracks have since been used in numerous TV shows and commercials.

For an artist whose music is almost always slow and reflective with four-year gaps between releases, it's surprising to learn "Towards the Sun" was recorded almost entirely in a single night in 2009 while on tour in Vancouver. Members of The National and Beirut assisted with some of the atmospheric backing tracks later on, but Murdoch's night of guitar and vocals, emitting signs of wear from the road, remains the focal point of this release.

Just seven songs long taking up a combined 37 minutes, "Towards the Sun" may be short, but Murdoch stays true to his craft of quiet, intimate acoustic tracks. Opening with the title track, gently played piano chords and distant horns held behind Murdoch's finger picked guitar and nearly whispered vocals set the tone for the album. There isn't a stand out single quite like "All My Days," but tracks like "Slow Revolution" and "Through the Dark," which each clock in at over five minutes in length, highlight Murdoch's unique strengths as a songwriter. Often pausing to hold individual syllables or taking time to hum a short melody, Alexi Murdoch isn't concerned with throwing as many words as he can at the listener or building up the instrumentation to draw attention away from the lyrics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sol Rosenberg on August 30, 2011
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Building upon what Nick Drake created decades ago, Alexi Murdoch has produced some of the most moving, honest and timeless music in a time when so much of what is being produced is forgettable and disposable. Make no mistake, Alexi's music will continue to be admired 40 years from now. His voice is as haunting and spiritual as his songwriting and I have lost count of the number of folks to whom I have recommended his music.

"Towards" The Sun" is a rare release in that it is a perfect compliment to his full-length debut, "Time Without Consequence". There is not a single weak track on any of his releases. Like most creative greats, he seems incapable of producing anything which could even remotely disappoint and, similar to artists such as Drake, Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush, et al, Murdoch seems far more interested in producing honest music than with churning out even one radio hit.

Absolutely amazing release from an equally amazing artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WS on October 31, 2012
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This is an absolutely beautiful album. Part of what makes it so intriguing is that it's both heartbreakingly intimate, and totally disconnected. He doesn't invite the listener into his world, and he never enters the listener's world. Rather, it feels as if Murdoch accidentally recorded a moment so private that one almost feels guilty listening to it.

Through the Dark is especially haunting. If you're not sure about the album, spend the few pennies to buy Through the Dark, which is not well represented in the sample. You'll be back for the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Seelye on August 19, 2012
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I have found that since I bought this album, almost a year ago now, I seem to listen to at least one of these songs once a day - either at work, or while I'm driving, or just sitting around the house. If you're a fan of artists like Nick Drake or Jose Gonzalez, I think you'll love Alexi Murdoch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert McDowell on July 19, 2012
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If there's one word that I would use to describe this album, it would be "honest". Alexi Murdoch has never been one to produce music for fame, money or publicity. He doesn't sing about women, cars, drugs, etc.. Or use catchy beats or heavy bass to appeal to certain audiences. Instead, he uses deep, thought-provoking lyrics; a quiet voice; and the gentle sounds of his guitar to create the most honest music you will find in today's music scene. In their own right, each individual song is a delicate piece of art and vibrant with sound. However, I do like to listen to the album as a whole, as it takes me to a haven of peace and serenity. This album has my highest recommendation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on February 1, 2012
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This record has become somewhat of a soundtrack for my life over the past year and a half. Every one of these songs is amazing and the way he uses only a few words and a simple melody to create such brilliant sound is quite remarkable. I really loved Crinan Wood and Her Hands Were Leaves. Take a look at the lyrics for some of these songs and you'll be be amazed. I'm so greatful to have heard these songs, but I wish he would just put out a bit more music. Even the best songs can get overplayed
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Farmer on April 24, 2011
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As a singer/songwriter myself, I found this cd inspirational in many ways. Alexi Murdoch's music is mostly acoustical and very mellow story telling. Hit the spot for me at this time of my life but probably not for everyone.
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By diane lord on March 21, 2014
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This is fun, non offensive music. He has a soothing voice, even with more rocking songs. I would recommend this artist.
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