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Song Premiere: "Alive" by Gavin Murphy

Gavin Murphy
6 July 2021

Gavin Murphy – Photo Credit: John Wilde

Gavin Murphy may not be a name familiar to you prior to reading this, but likely his name will stick like glue in your brain after hearing his music, we have the pleasure of presenting to you today. His new single ‘Alive’ is an uplifting song that is bound to pick you up from your heels if your down or create the perfect soundtrack for those who are already experts at living it up.

Hot on the trails of the single ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’, along with the accompanying video by Keelan Murphy, this new offering solidifies the impression that Murphy’s music will satisfy the appetite of music listeners who appreciate music masters such as David Gray, Crowded House and Suzanne Vega, for instance. This is fine and pleasurable listening for a mature and positivity-oriented audience.

Murphy involved a strong team with respect to both tracks, including producer / mixer Ger McDonnell (The Cure, U2, Van Morrison, Martha Wainwright, Shane McGowan, Sinead O’Connor). While ‘Alive’ was mastered by Stephen Ceresia at Stonyfield Mastering, ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road, London. Robbie Malone (David Gray) plays bass, while Paul Byrne is on drums and Saoirse Kavanagh on backing vocals.

“My new single ‘Alive’ is about embracing the positives in life. To witness the sunrise at dawn is a beautiful heartwarming experience. Appreciating the simple pleasures in life and reflecting upon good memories, can help us through difficult times,” says Gavin Murphy.

“On the other hand, ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ is a rite of passage that nobody escapes. You suffer from it, you inflict it – don’t kid yourself otherwise. It will keep happening until you learn from it and finally make peace with the scars.”

Hailing from Dublin’s north side, Gavin Murphy now resides in Sligo on Ireland’s north-west coast. Beginning with his debut self-recorded and self-produced album 45 RPM (Replay Past Memories), Murphy has been honing his sound and harvesting melodic guitar-based Indie pop-rock goodness, characterized by bittersweet lyrics and catchy melodies. Inspired by feelings rooted in nostalgia and moving melodies, Murphy cites Crowded House as a strong influence.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to self release my own music and to hear the songs being played on the radio and receiving such positive feedback,” says Gavin Murphy.

“As a self-employed musician it’s been a real struggle throughout the restrictions being unable to play live music, with musicians’ careers having come to a stand still. To help me get through these uncertain times, I’ve tried to focus on the most important things in life.”

‘Alive’ and ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ are out now, available across streaming platforms and online stores, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp.

Gavin Murphy – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Robbie Malone (David Gray) – Bass
Paul Byrne – Drums
Saoirse Kavanagh – Backing Vocals
Produced by Gavin Murphy and Ger McDonnell
Mixed by Ger McDonnell
‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road, London
‘Alive’ mastered by Stephen Ceresia at Stonyfield Mastering, USA
Photography by John Wilde

Also enjoy the video for ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’:

Apple Music