Sequoyah Murray has released a new album titled Before You Begin. Listing 9 songs, Murray’s latest music project is available for download and streaming this is his debut album.
This body of work comes shortly after Murray’s acclaimed EP Penalties Of Love. At just 22 years old, Sequoyah Murray is crafting the kind of concise, singular musical statements that many artists strive for their whole careers. His mutant brand of modern soul is as deeply eclectic as it is instantly arresting, a quality that drew early comparisons to Arthur Russell.
Before You Begin traces Murray’s “historical fiction of his own life”, as he puts it. It is as sensuous and blissful as it is blue, mining memory to craft vivid, dreamlike pieces that feel instantly relatable yet otherworldly. The album is influenced by Murray’s experience growing up in one of the world’s music capitals. Atlanta’s hip-hop and trap heritage finds its place in his inventive lyricism, future-seeking sonics and DIY approach to music-making.
Although Murray points to rap as one influence, he cites Atlanta’s lesser-known jazz and free-improv scene as facilitating his development as an artist. Growing up in a musical family, his parents being active musicians, Murray often joined them in improvisation sessions. His frequent exposure and involvement with such a creative environment helped nurture and develop Murray into an adept improviser.
1.Here We Go
5.Sunflower (I Love You More)
6.Let’s Take the Time
7.Penalties of Love
9.Before You Begin
Listen and download below.