SEQUOYAH MURRAY GIVES SYNTHWAVE A FRESH LOOK
By Nathan Leigh
July 11, 2019
“Sublime,” the new single from synthwave artist Sequoyah Murray is the rare song that fits as well on your summer BBQ playlist, as it does on a rainy-day-headphones kind of mix. His emotive baritone hovers above warm analog synths, milking every oscillator for every Htz of emotion. There’s a retro vibe to the single that hints at a Vince Clarke/Depeche Mode influence — or, say, Toro y Moi and M83 — though the reverb-drenched but soulful vocal is as much a product of 1981 as it is of right now.
The track is the first single off Murray’s forthcoming record Before You Begin, out September 15th on Thrill Jockey Records. Just in time for that rainy day mix to get a work out.