‘I stare at the ceiling while they fall asleep, I wish I was dead, you wish it weren’t me… lying still: learn to love or don’t.’
If you hadn’t guessed from those lyrics, if you came here for a light-hearted bop then you may be disappointed. However, as dark as they may seem, the lyrics to John Murry’s new single are, simply put, poetic.
The ease with which this track flows brings a peaceful warmth to your heart. You can feel the stresses float away just for a moment, because for that brief moment you’re drawn into the hypnotic tone that runs through the tune.
Combining these vocals with a simple yet elegant piano melody is something I can only compare to someone like Nick Cave. It may seem gloomy, but it is captivating nonetheless.
Talking about the song’s creation, the American singer-songwriter said ”It was something I wrote very quickly one afternoon many moons ago and recorded the following day as a sketch, or demo, with Tim Mooney of American Music Club. It would prove to be the last thing we recorded together. Tim passed away suddenly only a few days after, and The Graceless Age was released a couple of weeks later. I ended the sketch I’d ‘drawn’ before we recorded it at the studio the next day with the line, ‘I stare at the ceiling while they fall asleep, I wish I was dead, you wish it weren’t me… lying still: learn to love or don’t.’”.
The emotion that John expresses is pretty clear, and it’s obvious that this song is one that’s close to his heart.
To pair with the track is a music video shot in the Dublin club Leggs. Featuring some funky dancing from John himself, it’s a reminder of what we have to look forward to when we can actually go to a club.
‘Ones + Zeros’ is out now for you to listen and watch, and will be part of John’s next album ‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’.