Track Review

Track Review: It Is So // Nicky Murray

Entering the music industry approximately eight years ago (give or take), Nicky Murray lays engaging lyricism atop moving melodies. Since releasing his debut album Plenty More Weeping in 2014, the Scottish singer-songwriter has performed with established artists (including Dave Sharp and Duncan Chisholm), released more singles and received critical acclaim for his work. Featured on The Other Side Reviews, YMX and several online radio stations, Nicky is quickly reaching an international audience. Blasting into 2021, Nicky Murray releases ‘It Is So’.

As with many musicians, Nicky had great plans for 2020 but they were halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of sitting back and sulking, Nicky used this opportunity to focus on honing his sound. Showcasing his depth of content and insightfulness, Nicky touched on mental health, societal expectations and personal loss. In ‘It Is So’, he looks at tolerance and acceptance of challenging situations.

Moving from the heartbreaking folk meets soul style, ‘It Is So’ leans toward shoegaze. Incorporating fuzzy undertones in a synth-laden melody, the single focuses on grimy textures and mournful tones. While there is a melancholic ambience, a slight light comes in the form of Zoe Graham’s harmonies. It is as if you were delving into a mire of despair with a shimmering silver light with lingering hopefulness.

This is the first time I have come across Nicky Murray. Personally, I love his stuff and can’t wait to hear more!

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