EP REVIEW
GRAHAM DOMAIN

Ali Murray ‘Passing Through the Void EP’

The loneliness, the isolation of mind. Where are we headed? What’s round the corner? The doubts, the fears, forever gnawing away! No-one survives? We all survive? Eternity never ending? So why am I wasting time on the mundane? The daily routine! The useless, pointless, never-ending nonsense! The soulless celebrity culture as a means of escape? Or eternal imprisonment? We all have a life sentence! Better make the most of it! Transient beauty, youth vanished too soon! The temporary bliss of love before the tsunami of devastation! Pain! Longing! The landscape forever changed! Eroded! What is important? Don’t sweat the small things! Go for the Big One! Go for It! Go for it! Go for it! Go for It! What is it?

Three songs! Howls in the dark! Cries to the abyss! The dark poetry echoing in the blackness! The guitars garrotted! Nailed to the cross! The sound bleeding out on a canvass of emotion! Colours seen in the mind! The soul connecting with Spirit! Healing! Healing energy! Positivity! There is Light! Life continues as it has always done. The once impenetrable darkness recedes! Melancholy as a means of redemption – coming through the other side – into the light, once more. Passing through the Void that is life in the material world! The journey is important, the learning, the experience, the empathy gained, the understanding and knowledge. To stand in another’s shoes. To reach out to each other and connect. Love. That’s what’s important. That’s the Big One! The test, everyday! To think and act with love. It is hard! Human kindness! Love! Why do we find it so difficult? Never give up! Each small step is worth the effort! Music for the soul!

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ALBUM REVIEW/GRAHAM DOMAIN

Ali Murray ‘Wilderness of Life’
(Dead Forest Records)

Wilderness Of Life is the new album by Ali Murray, out now via Dead Forest Records. It is an album of Dark Intense Folk Pop with intermittent Shoegaze guitars. The songs are full of imagery, nature reimagined as pain, the loneliness of the Cosmos painted in sound on a skyscraper guitar.

His voice lies somewhere between Tom McCrae and Simone Felice with nods to Elliot Smith. The songs are dark hymns to loneliness, heartbreak, and emotional turmoil, with enduring hope in the face of adversity.

Songs such as ‘Wilderness of Life’ and ‘Rainbox’ point the way forward – the words brought to life with intense effect laden guitars akin to Slowdive or Big Flower. In this setting he could become a cult hero, a modern-day Elliot Smith painting his pain not just with words but also with emotion as sound. One to watch!

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