This Charles Murdoch article was written by Tim Burden, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zara Heath.
Charles Murdoch was first picked up by label Future Classic after winning a Beatport remix competition in 2013. Since then he has gained significant momentum, having played sold out shows alongside such club heavyweights as Nicolas Jaar and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and his debut LP ‘Point’ is now ready to hit record shops.
‘Point’ provides a half hour of quality laid-back electronic tracks with shades of Maribou State, Phaeleh and Submotion Orchestra, replete with collaborations from fellow Aussie artists like Oscar Key Sung and Chloe Kaul of Melbourne duo Klo.
Murdoch has always been excellent at crafting engaging and rhythmically complex drum parts and this is in evidence throughout, especially on ‘Straws’, a driving, verb-drenched floor-filler of a track which contrasts brilliantly with the sexy dub and jazz tinged ‘Frogs’ which precedes it. The peak of the album comes with the penultimate track ‘Wash’. This is a stunning tune, eerie, atmospheric and beautiful in equal measures. Garage-style drums form the foundation while lush synths lap against them, as the title would suggest, and pitch shifted vocals rise periodically from the swelling sea of noise. Tortured ocean-based metaphors aside, it really is a fantastic track.
Whilst these tunes are, without a doubt, the strongest the album has to offer, there is plenty more to enjoy throughout the entire running time. The beautiful vocals of Chloe Kaul fit perfectly with the intricate layered productions on ‘Fray’ and ‘Open’ and a keen ear can detect new and interesting sampled sounds on each repeated spin, demonstrating the craftsmanship and attention to detail Murdoch has put into every beat of every track.
It’s not easy for electronic albums to stand out considering how saturated the market is but ‘Point’ is a release which manages to do just that. Whilst it may not exactly smash any boundaries, Murdoch’s beautifully crafted down-tempo debut has plenty to delight listeners both at home and out clubbing.
‘Point’ is out on the 11th December via Future Classic.