LAST ALBUM PRODUCED BY TIM MOONEY (SUN KIL MOON, AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB)
"LIKE FATHER JOHN MISTY, MARK LANEGAN, AND JOSH T PEARSON ROLLED INTO ONE REALLY BROKEN DREAM." – Q MAGAZINE
After a firestorm of U.K. raves, John Murry's 'The Graceless Age' has
been confirmed for April 2 on Evangeline Recording Co. It's the last
album co-produced by Tim Mooney of American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon
before his death June 13, in collaboration with Murry.
Check out the embeddable "California" music video, dedicated to Mooney.
'The Graceless age' is one of eight albums nominated for an UNCUT Music
Award and praise has been effusive on the other side of the pond, where
Murry is launching a winter tour shortly. MOJO is planning a feature.
The Sun gave it 5 stars out of 5, saying, "Occasionally, an album comes
out of nowhere that completely blows your mind. Like this one… A genuine
tour de force." In another 5 star (out of 5) review, R2 called it "a
genuine American masterpiece." In a 9 star (out of 10) review, UNCUT
described the "deeply textured… ruined grandeur," continuing, "This is
what 'The Graceless Age' as a whole does so unforgettably, beating
honest witness to a burning world."
The album brings together organic and synthetic elements to create its
own despairing, lush soundscape from female vocals cradling the ashes of
John's cigarette-stained drawl to loops of electric guitar feedback
over his howl; from an answering machine message to insistent, creeping
synthesizer; from CB radio samples to a violin; and from an alarm's
swells to a warm acoustic guitar. Moments on 'The Graceless Age' can be
compared to eels, Sparklehorse, and Beck's 'Sea Change' but these
stories burn true in Murry's own writing and singing.
Now based in Oakland, CA, John Murry has lived many lives. He grew up in
Elvis' hometown of Tupelo, MS and there's a photo of Elvis in concert
that shows his mother reaching out to touch his hand. He was a junkie
after he left Memphis to go to that den of iniquity, California. He
wrote for the Village Voice for a time. He is William Faulkner's second
cousin and friends have described him as lost in the worlds of southern
literature. He has seen death in an alley and managed to stumble back
from it. These identities come together in 'The Graceless Age.'