On the 3rd of September, Cathal Murphy released his latest track. The new single, ‘Ever Since We Were Young’ was written for Amazon Prime’s film ‘Reavey Brothers’. Deemed by many to be a touching and poignant dose of indie folk, it seems up there amidst the youngster’s best work to date.
Musically, the song opens with shuddering, subtle keys as the song almost takes the form of a warm blanket for the listener. Vocals and their subsequent harmonic layering strike comparison to that of Mumford & Sons (Timshel) or even Bon Iver and drive forth the powerful sombre nature. This track, although melancholy, is ethereal and ambient in its method and blended vocals in the mix with clipped voices make this feel like a nostalgic vessel between one’s thoughts. The emotive weight is hard to avoid.
The story behind the single, combined with the context of the film itself, elevates the song to a new level all together. Written over the course of the filming period, Murphy’s ‘Ever Since We Were Young’ encapsulates the tragedy of the murders of the Reavey brothers in their hometown of Whitecross, Armagh. Brutal and typical of the time’s catholic-protestant antipathy in 1970s Northern Ireland, the murders represented a devastating tit-for-tat nature in killing.
The film reflects this devastating loss for the local community well. This is helped in large part by the supporting soundtrack which sonically captures the essence of the picture perfectly. Coming within the swirl of a movie release, this latest tune was brought out in line with Murphy’s upcoming UK tour with Ariel Posen and this isn’t the last of recent exciting developments.
Penned as BBC Scotland’s, The Scotsman and The Scottish Sun’s ‘Artist of the week’, Murphy has also racked up plaudits from a whole host of outlets. RTE Radio 1 and Hotpress have heaped on praise leaving many looking forward to the Edinburgh-based musician’s next move. This track is a thrilling peak at what is to come – and with an upcoming second EP on the horizon as well as the aforementioned tour, Cathal Murphy is showing no signs of slowing down.