- CD in jewel case + digital download
- Digital download of 12 track album in 320kbps mp3 or lossless FLAC formats
At 50 Alistair Murphy’s long-incubating musical dreams come to live in a grand folk/prog concept where invention battles indulgence. The inspirational “something good is coming soon” motif unlocks the key to an album where a collaborative cast from Fairport Convention, All About Eve and King Crimson help turn dreams into reality.
Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror
Singer-songwriter, Alistair Murphy, takes the listener on an aural road movie that starts out on the Great North Road in St. Martin’s-le-grand and finishes up in Berwick. Located on the cusp between England and Scotland, historically Berwick has tussled back and forth between the two nations. That almost stateless condition, of belonging somewhere whilst being something of a stranger, perfectly describes the shifting musical ambiguities presented over Sometime Soon’s 46 minutes.
It’s a near-continuous suite whose music sweeps around dissonant jazzy corners, though folky hamlets, past sleek poppy outlets, and into dreamy collages of beguiling melodies that billow like a morning mist.
The intense layering of competing ideas can occasionally be slightly overwhelming; an information overload that isn’t so much listened to, as slowly decoded as the record continues on its way. The literary equivalent might be found in Iain Sinclair’s psychogeographical siftings where startling, sometimes jarring contrasts and connections, are stitched deep into the fabric of the work.
Though there are cameo appearances from Judy Dyble and Pat Mastelotto and others, the core performances from Murphy (on keyboards, guitar and vocals), bassist Mark Fletcher, sax player, Laurie A’Court, and especially the frequently transcendent violin of Steve Bingham, prove to be especially engaging companions throughout the song cycle’s duration.
Sometime Soon isn’t just the title of the album but a recurring mantra whose vaguely melancholic undertow suggests a longing for both rest, and paradoxically, change; a plaintive and convincing assertion that the destination isn’t always the point of the journey.