Alexi Murdoch–Orange Sky
Talk about pressure, Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch is all about putting on the pressure. “My Salvation lies in your love…”
I don’t recall exactly, but Alexi Murdoch is another of those artists that I either ignored, meant to pay attention to when I caught some of his music, or he completely got by me. I had ignored popular media for a couple of years, the last time I was living in the woods. The first time I distinctly remember hearing Alexi Murdoch was shortly after I crash-landed back in my adopted home town, and was taken in by a beautiful, kindly woman I had known for years.
Murdoch’s music seems to be both every bit as cheesy and a little more complicated than the “Me boy! You girl! Let’s do it!” formula that has been present in popular music since forever. Don’t let his popularity fool you, Alexi Murdoch is both smarter and more sensitive than that. Alexi Murdoch writes music that you play as you load the dishwasher and pour the wine for that beautiful graduate student you just cooked dinner for in your home.
Alexi Murdoch grew up outside of Athens, Greece until his family moved to Scotland when he was young. In 1998, Murdoch moved to the eastern United States to go to school before moving to Los Angeles, California to spend time with a lady. He first gained notice when a LA DJ, Nic Harcourt, began playing his music on the radio station KCRW. Murdoch started getting offers from the heavy hitters in the LA music industry, but he turned most of them down. He was still releasing his music
independently. There is something in me that likes that. Murdoch more or less published the EP called Four Songs, by himself through independent record stores and website CD Baby in November 2002. CD Baby sold over 50,000 copies of the release, becoming the site’s all-time bestselling record.
In 2003, he performed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and that year’s Sundance Film Festival and, in 2004, at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. Also, in 2004, the song “Orange Sky” from the EP also became the most-played song on Philadelphia indie station WXPN.
Alexi Murdoch–first album
Murdoch released his first album Time Without Consequence, on June 6, 2006 on his own label, Zero Summer. Like when he produced his EP, Murdoch continued to turn down the record deals he was offered from numerous major labels in order to maintain creative control–the record was distributed nationally through Sony BMG. Time Without Consequence peaked at #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. It reached number 31 on the iTunes chart and number 53 at Amazon.com.
On June 9, 2006, Murdoch began a 34-city tour in conjunction with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, with most bookings at independent record stores. The album became one of the most licensed albums of the decade, receiving placements on dozens of films and television shows. “Orange Sky” appeared in The O. C. House, Prison Break, Ugly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Ladder 49, and in promotions for Oscar nominated foreign film, Paradise Now, Southland, and a Honda commercial. “Home” appeared in aseason 2 episode of Prison Break. “All My Days” was featured in The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, Without a Trace, Stargate Universe, and a promo for Southland. “Song For You” appeared in Everwood. “12” appeared in the show “Brothers and Sisters” and “One Tree Hill”. “Blue Mind” was featured in the 2008 adventure film The Sharp End, and several episodes of Dawson’s Creek. “Breathe” was used in Stargate Universe, and the 2008 film Tenderness, where the album Time Without Consequence is also shown on a scene of the film…yadda yadda yadda…
In the spring of 2009, Murdoch embarked on a rare U.S. headlining tour, during which he has been distributing an early version of a new album entitled Towards the Sun in a limited edition packaged in a hand-printed, cardboard sleeve. Several of these new songs quickly appeared on the internet. Later, the song “Through the Dark” was used in the final scene and end credits of actor Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby, Gone as well as the television series “The Vampire Diaries”. Several other Towards the Sun songs were used on the soundtrack to Oscar winner Sam Mendes’ 2009 film Away We Go which had a screenplay by the writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. There was an album tied to the film release which contained a mix of songs from Time Without Consequence and Towards the Sun alongside single songs by The Stranglers, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and the Velvet Underground.
Recent bookings by Murdoch include two concerts in Berlin, one small club appearance and a second as part of the City Slang label’s 20th anniversary. In February 2011 he performed in New York City as part of Lincoln Center’s prestigious “American Songbook Series” after which he went on a sold out tour of major markets throughout North America, hitting some of the larger cities, like Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, and Minneapolis.
2011 will also see the official release of Alexi Murdoch’s third recording, Towards The Sun.
Yeah well, I guess we both were asking for it. In so many ways we were both hoping that we could find some sort of earthly salvation of sorts in each others’ love…blah blah blah…
The thing is, Alexi Murdoch is pretty good. There are many bands and artists, songs and melodies that remind me of her, and I will associate with her for a long time. She introduced me to a lot of music that I would have missed out on otherwise. That is a good thing.
Dammit! I don’t know if this is good of not, I guess I’m cool with it. This too shall pass. For whatever reason, I have attached her to Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch.