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.
Like Russell, Murray has a boundless, playful approach to composition and an incredible breadth of vision balanced by concise editing. Futuristic electronics, West and North African-influenced polyrhythms, gospel vocals, and psychedelic Tropicália textures blend seamlessly, anchored by his astounding three-octave baritone.
Murray’s debut album “Before You Begin” demonstrates the immense scope of his artistry. Composed, played, and produced almost entirely by Murray himself, the album takes the listener on a deeply personal journey through youth. “Before You Begin” was followed by 2021’s “Skin Needs Skin”, a reflection on romance and isolation which was self-released to SoundCloud