Popular Pete finds cool new style for album
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 in Brisbane for the release of his latest album, Camacho.