Four years in the making, the music of Brendan Murray’s latest/greatest album of cinematic drone anthems, Wonders Never Cease, was honed during live concerts around New York and New England. Recorded in situ, each track was painstakingly (re)assembled and embellished back at Murray’s studio. While it cannot accurately be called a ‘live album’, the adrenaline thrill of live performance is palpable as soon as the opening howl charges out from the speakers. From the laminal scorch of the opening track, through an electric fizz storm and a breathy hymn for what sounds like harmonica and folding chairs (?), the eyes-wide-open bliss of Wonders is exhilarating. Soulful, melodic and intimate, this is electro-acoustic music as gloriously life-affirming and natural as a sunrise.
Praise for "Wonders Never Cease":
"It’s right from the very first note that you can feel your hands clasping the back of your chair and your pulse rising. His pieces take their time, yet have a certain kind of urgency and of poignancy... raw and unpolished, they are the delta-blues version of drone music." - Tokafi
"A superb and oddly emotional record." - Dusted Magazine
"There are some discs that simply require one to turn the volume knob up several notches and this is one. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity to really crank it that several of the “wonders” (not unfittingly, in three cases, “hymns”) revealed themselves in all their detail." - Bagatellen
"Murray's know-how is unquestionable... surely these are hymns sprung from the throats of hell's angels." - Squid's Ear
"Blaring hyper-polyphony gives way to field recordings, and in short; one of the smartest releases you can subject yourself to. Turn volume up. Way up. Intake drug of choice. Play from start to finish. LOUD. Truly gorgeous." - Debutante Debris
released October 1, 2007
Composed at Peapod between 2002 and 2006.
Most of the pieces are based on live recordings made at 51 3rd St. (Troy, NY), Oni Gallery (Boston, MA), and Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA).
Thanks to Greg Kelley, Keith Fullerton Whitman and Scott Smallwood for recording assistance at the shows.
Originally published Fall 2007 in an edition of 500 copies.
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