Jason Murray is a singer/songwriter based in Boulder, CO. He is releasing his debut album entitled Invisible Warmth. The record is his first full-length solo album, consisting of a collection of songs written between 2015-2018 and recorded in 2019. The album is a testament to his hard work over the course of the last few years. He has been accumulating songs that he has written over time and Invisible Warmth is his dreams realized to have them put together in an album.
With his heart on his sleeve, Murray bares-all on these exquisitely executed love songs. Written during his college days, love was an emotion that felt very real at the time. So, the songs often came across as Murray wanting to acknowledge how important he felt love was, even if he wasn’t in a relationship at the time.
Invisible Warmth opens up with “Antlers” where a sonorous display on the acoustic guitar launches with interwoven melodies coming from the piano. This is mainly an acoustic track with real resonating elements. Murray’s vocals are soothing and have a soft lilting quality. This is a real dynamic song. A strong sense of urgency underlines this dramatic track. The acoustic guitar melodies come across as beatific.
Following is “Lay My Weary Head,” where noodling on the acoustic guitar starts off this song. The sound is moving and dynamic. Choral harmony layers propel this track with a celestial and unearthly vibe. Some real ethereal and soaring tones pervades. Murray’s vocals come across as angelic. The song has an old-timey vibe that harkens to a Medieval-like minstrel tune. The track mainly contains solely the acoustic guitar alone supporting the vocals. Combined vocal harmonies add a disarming feel.
An announcement launches toward the start of “End Of The World” adding an ominous element. Percussions and dynamic strumming from the acoustic guitar give off a pressing cadence. This is a dramatic song bursting with a fully charged vibe. The percussions really propel this track. Guitar riffs give off a ghostly and airy sound. A real stirring song. Murray collaborates with Meredith Wilder on this track and their vocals duel it out in an excellent foray. The vocals elicit an exciting cadence. This is a definite highlight.
On “Dressed And Ready,” an upbeat and catchy melody courses through the reverberating tones of the acoustic guitar. A sunny cadence comes from the keys. An energized vibe is harnessed. The song contains some invigorating melodic riffs. The track has a real cool and smooth bluesy lounge appeal with a jazzy flourish. A bongo solo gives off a compelling stance.
In the singer/songwriter vein, these heartfelt tracks reverberate with a warmth and inventiveness that makes them both startling and inviting at the same time. Murray sings at a standpoint of sheer emotion. With vocals and lyrics filled with range and flair, the artist stoutly incorporates riveting musicianship into the number. At the core of these tracks is the acoustic guitar. Underlining the soft and soothing vocals, the expert playing on the rhythm guitar has a voice of its own. Murray’s deft playing is instrumental in honing a sound that is brimming with warmth and effusiveness.
Though on the production end these songs were slightly lo-fi, these bedroom recordings provided many an intimate performance that made them stand out with a striking sense of urgency. I felt these guitar-centered tracks were really moving and otherworldly. Their soft lilting qualities really made them magical and ethereal. As the album progressed, I grew to appreciate each song’s simplicity yet heart-wrenching emotional quality. These songs were simply arresting filled with an out-of-world appeal that made them that much more extraordinary.
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