Pop­u­lar Pete finds cool new style for al­bum

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE -

PETE Mur­ray is in tran­sit.

The By­ron Bay singer is on his way to Syd­ney, where he is set to play his new al­bum to Sony and mem­bers of the me­dia for the first time.

That al­bum, Ca­ma­cho, was re­leased last month and is be­ing sup­ported by a na­tional tour that will take Mur­ray and his band to the Tanks Arts Cen­tre for an al­ready sold out show on Septem­ber 8.

The al­bum, whose ti­tle trans­lates roughly as “cool” in Span­ish, ar­rives more than five years af­ter the So Beau­ti­ful singer be­gan com­pos­ing it.

He cre­ated a num­ber of early demos about 5½ years ago and Mur­ray says sev­eral of the songs from the orig­i­nal demo made it onto the fi­nal al­bum cut.

“Only One, Sold and Ca­ma­cho were the three songs that I first wrote and recorded and that’s how they ended up,” Mur­ray says.

His pre­vi­ous al­bum of­fer­ing, Blue Sky Blue, was re­leased in 2011.

Dur­ing its mak­ing, pro­ducer Tom Rothrock put for­ward the idea of us­ing pro­grammed beats. Mur­ray didn’t go for the idea at the time, but em­braced a dif­fer­ent ap­proach on Ca­ma­cho.

“My main goal was to work with loops and beats and to have cool, phat drum sound,” he says.

With a sound that dif­fers quite sig­nif­i­cantly to his orig­i­nal soft, sweet crooner sounds, his die-hard fans might have trou­ble ad­just­ing.

“They don’t nec­es­sar­ily dis­like it or miss the old stuff, some­times they need to get their head around it,” he says.

“I feel it’ll con­nect with a younger au­di­ence but keep the old fans too.

“The last al­bum was six years ago, so I think it’s only nat­u­ral that things have changed a bit.

“With stream­ing now it’s so much eas­ier to con­sume mu­sic and lis­ten to a wide va­ri­ety of gen­res and I think that’s what hap­pened with me.

“My ears were opened to all this other mu­sic and I liked it, I wanted to be a part of it.”

Mur­ray ad­mits cre­at­ing the record was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and col­lab­o­rated with sev­eral pro­duc­ers in the mak­ing of the al­bum, in­clud­ing hip hop pro­ducer Tri­als (Daniel Rank­ine) and Jon Hume.

The singer-song­writer is trav­el­ling with a band for this tour and says his band mates won’t be rest­ing on their lau­rels when it comes to play­ing the new mu­sic.

“There’s a lot more pro­duc­tion on this al­bum than there has been on any other al­bum,” Mur­ray says.

“So there’s a lot to do and a lot that ev­ery­one has to learn to make sure we can re­ally breathe this al­bum to life.

“This is my favourite al­bum of mine.”

You’d have to as­sume as an artist, pick­ing a favourite song or al­bum would be akin to choos­ing a favourite child, but Pete has a de­fin­i­tive cri­te­ria.

“You can tell by peo­ple at your show, how many peo­ple are singing along.”

I feel it’ll con­nect with a younger au­di­ence but keep the old fans too. The last al­bum was six years ago so I think it’s only things have changed

Pete Mur­ray

Pic­ture: MARK CRANITCH

Pete Mur­ray in Bris­bane for the re­lease of his lat­est al­bum, Ca­ma­cho.

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