Consequence by Alexi Murdoch
Consequence is an album comprised of some of the most epic folk
compositions ever penned. The songs are cinematic, and don’t veer into “rock”
territory. It cannot be a coincidence that film director Sam Mendes used Alexi
Murdoch songs almost exclusively to score his (criminally underrated) film Away We Go. This is the kind of album
that can make the most mundane tasks seem profound due its highly meditative atmosphere.
Standouts include his wandering confessional “All My Days” and when he is waxing
poetic in “Orange Sky.” Alexi Murdoch creates folk music for the soul, while
singing from the heart.
Melanie’s music is a wonderful artifact from the ’70s,
seeing that I doubt that anything quite like “Brand New Key” could be produced
in today’s world. Her lyrics are earnest, but as they are sung over some of the
most infectious choruses, it is easy to mistake her music for just another pop sensation.
Her sunny disposition paired with her extremely catchy melodies is a match made
in heaven. So if you haven’t listened to her since you had her single “Brand
New Key” on 45, then do yourself a favor and rediscover one of the best pop
artists of all time.