Record Review: Rick Murnane

Rick Murnane
Wednesday Child
Northampton, MA

(Buttonshop Music)

“Beautiful, psychedelic material suitable for any day of the week

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There is an endearing quality to Wednesday Child, one that can be attributed to the incomparable warmth of Rick Murnane’s voice – a voice that calls to mind Beatle-esque psychedelia, Beachwood Sparks, and SMILE.  An album marking the end of a twelve-year reign with the bluesy, pop-driven outfit, Group DeVille, Murnane’s full-length solo debut signals the beginning of a new musical era – one that is a heartfelt outpouring of emotion through lyrics that are both introspective and relatable to all generations.  Although Murnane has enjoyed considerable success, this endeavor brings him back down to earth and he comes across as an approachable individual with much to share.

Wednesday Child is the perfect compliment to lighthearted mornings spent reclining in a hammock or porch swing, or even relaxing by the gentle waves of the ocean.  Murnane’s compositions, namely the title track, “Wednesday Child,” “Shoulder This Burden” and “Everything” evoke California dreams within listeners.  We are subconsciously being advised to stop, breathe for a moment, and become fully present in our surroundings – reveling in the surrounding beauty.

Recorded at Camp Workaround in Western Massachusetts

Engineered by Chris Collingwood

Produced and Mixed by Rick Murnane


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