Murder by Death (from the album The Other Shore on Bloodshot Records)
The biggest takeaway from any Murder By Death album is Adam Turla’s voice. It’s heavy and aggressive yet a smoot, robust croon that gets laid out in front of you with consistently like someone rolls out a lush carpet right at your feet; its ever-present boom wrapping around you. The Indiana indie-rock bands 8th full-length release, The Other Shore, finds the band standing firmly where they’ve always been… a place defying classification or even similarities with other bands/ Murder by Death comfortably hold ground within the indie-rock canon.
Adam Turla’s lyrics have always chased grief amongst melodies and instrumentation from slight and minimal to compositionally large and sweeping, the latter due in part to the chunky drive of Sarah Balliets rock and roll cello. Turla’s voice is a perfect vehicle to deliver the grief, angst and self-reflection he writes into his characters. The Other Shore is dominated by stories of leaving and escape that ultimately are a tale of one couple’s woes as they try to escape from what seems to be everywhere.
‘Maybe you’re right, I’m no good. I got a heart made of glass, and a head made of wood. Let me make it clear, when I’m gone, I’m gone. The nights just the night and there’s no coming dawn’. Murder by Death use the line as a great way to open a The Other Shore. “Alas” slowly builds, more instruments come added as the emotional tempo picks up like an argument you know you’ll lose. That’s the general theme of the The Other Shore; the songs kicking off slowly before culminating in a dramatic fashion. That seems to be the Murder by Death way, as they continue to defy labels of alt country or gothic folk and continue to just make good rock records. (by Bryant Liggett)
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