Father Murphy | ... And He Told Us To Turn to the Sun

Aagoo (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  July 29, 2009
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Harking back to an America where one's own lonely voice was the only radio and a BBQ meant a spit in the middle of the desert, Torino's Father Murphy hide detuned industrial textures within stripped-down, spacy folk instrumentation, like a man in a black hat picking up a bullet-riddled guitar with which to serenade his captives. This release suggests the unironic darkness of Nick Cave or Michael Gira, and like these two, Murphy know when to dip into more-consonant chord progressions.

Extended dabblings in this vein make the return to Reverend Freddie Murphy's Cobain-esque sneer sound that much more nefarious. This trio are into some end-of-days shit: "At That Time I Guess We Misunderstood" concludes with a call and response reminiscent of Devo: "Are we evil?/We are evil!" That would be hilarious if it weren't so damning.

It ends a three-minute song that moves among Chiara Lee's whispering choir-girl chants, Murphy's voice sent through distortion, sacrificial bass drum thumps, and antagonizing guitar. The album also moves through shadowy moods — here organ dirges, there Morricone guitars. Hell on the prairie never sounded better.
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