Compton McMurry is a young artist who is just getting his start. He started writing at the age of fifteen in 2014. Using a Macbook, a mic and Garageband he laid down three songs for an EP he called Laughing At Traffic.
McMurry still has a lot to learn as a songwriter but I felt his songs displayed some talent and potential. He plays a little too much into the singer/songwriter genre and his own sound isn’t all that defined at this point. I was very much reminded of Jack Johnson. If you didn’t notice there are already countless artists that sound similar.
Despite some of the more overt influences his delivery is solid. You can hear this on the opening track “Random Words.” Despite the underwhelming production you can tell he has a great voice. The song is also quite catchy. There is just no denying that. The chorus has a classic intimate singer/songwriter vibe when he sings “Ooh baby; Ooh, ooh baby, / Tell me something’s wrong.”
The next track has a similar vibe to the opener. I thought the drums sounded better this time around. The bass also sounded pretty good. There was a lot of low end as the clean acoustic guitar helped. The song is quite catchy, there is no denying that. I thought the vocals harmonies really helped make them sound balanced in the mix.
He closes with “Falling Together” and it is certified singer/songwriter pop. The piano was a nice touch and his vocals sounded really good on this track.
McMurry has all the time in the world to define his sound. At his age I listened to Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins and pretty much wrote songs that sounded exactly like that. My advice would be to think about how he could differentiate himself from such an oversaturated market. I think that would be the next step in his development.
Overall, there is a lot of talent here and is one to keep an eye on.
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