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Cheynne Murphy - A Horse Called Freedom (2014)

9-09-2014, 12:44
Music | Folk | Rock

Cheynne Murphy - A Horse Called Freedom (2014)

Artist: Cheynne Murphy
Title Of Album: A Horse Called Freedom
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Folk/Rock
Label: CMI Records
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 39:24
Total Size: 101 Mb

1. Back At The Start (3:50)
2. Burnished Gold (3:48)
3. Until It's Gone (3:17)
4. A Horse Called Freedom (3:12)
5. Must Keep Moving (4:47)
6. Tears For The Road (4:27)
7. Good Feelings (4:35)
8. Firebird (3:06)
9. So We Can See (4:17)
10. In The End (4:01)

Cheynne Murphy is a folk rocker hailing from the alternative never-lands of Byron Bay, Australia and is on the cusp of releasing what is his most accomplished work to date, a debut album: A Horse Called Freedom, this year, August 2014 .

After discovering three chords and the truth in his final year at university, Cheynne dropped the security blanket of his corporate marketing career to his parents dismay, pursuing something far more meaningful at the time…the art of music and the dream of fame and glory. With no previous musical training he started a naïve journey of creative self-discovery and to his surprise, two years later negotiated and secured a worldwide songwriting deal with Warner Chappell, as well as two live performances on national television and national radio airplay on JJJ and MMM. Drum media called the rock album he penned with his band Wingspan in 2000 as: ‘ambitious orchestral rock with rare song-writing genius’. A star was rising. Or was it? Record deal scams, band breakups, management breakdowns and financial desolation had Cheynne running for the rolling green foothills of Byron Bay where he resettled on a farm in a tiny village called Possum Creek. Inspired by his 12 string acoustic guitar and rustic country living, and the arrival of his two young children, Cheynne invested in a new musical connection inspired by the rural vista and the simplicity of the fireside and the warmth of family, friends and harmony.

He recorded his debut solo EP ‘Firesongs For the Soul’ in 2008 and showcased this in the company of giants at the 20th Anniversary of the Bluesfest in 2009. He followed this up with a second EP, ‘Spaces In-between that Rhythms Magazine (2011) described as ‘an unpretentiously earnest sprawling folk rock record’. That EP which was volume II in the Firesongs for the Soul series, was recorded in Cheynne’s beach shack in South Golden Beach just north of Byron Bay with a couple of microphones, a laptop, and a bunch of friends who he says ‘were lured in with the promise of wine and baked dinners cooked constantly throughout the recording process’. In a sense Cheynne had reconnected to the spirit of what music and collaboration was all about as he recalls: ‘Music has always been an innocent pursuit for me. Its been a constant companion and song-writing is a balm for my soul. I felt I had got ‘corrupted’ by the machinations of the music industry and the wild desires of fame and fortune. The Firesongs for the Soul concept was a coming home to authenticity once again’.

The ground work had been laid for Cheynne’s most accomplished creative work to date, the debut LP : A Horse Called Freedom Firesong For the Soul series Vol III). Joining forces with ex-301 engineer and producer Paul Pilsneniks (Pete Murray, Angus Stone, Powderfinger, Jeff Martin), and a new band to boot, Cheynne has recorded a rich, emotive folk rock album with alt-country influences. Inspired by images of an old Richard Harris movie he watched with his Dad, ‘A Man Called Horse’ (which had depicted a cowboy captured and assimilated into an American Indian apache tribe), Cheynne drew on this indigenous imagery and symbology, integrating these themes with what defines the modern day warrior. Drawing on his own challenges, juggling a blended family with 4 children, 5 jobs, 100’s of students as a lecturer, a masters degree and the ongoing dream (or mirage) of a music career, Cheynne reflects that ‘ life these days demands from men and women a strength, fortitude and resilience not unlike the warriors of old. In a sense it is less about the physical demands but more about the emotional challenges of modern day life. A movement from outer to inner strength’. The resultant album is a conceptual journey of someone coming to terms with the balance of life and the rapidity of change. It also deals with the losses we may face along the way. People close to us, our support network or even the loss of our own identity brought about by the selfless nature of being a parent.

Musically Cheynne doesn’t place himself as a country artist but is inspired by the spirit of country. “I like to draw on nature, rustic imagery and also a deep connection with the earth via the ocean. Being an avid surfer I use it to help cope with the demands of a complex life”. Thus the character finds solace in getting back to nature as a balm to life’s trials and tribulations, which has been a theme in Cheynne’s earlier work.

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