Point Charles Murdoch Future Classic
On the back of just a handful of dreamy electronic releases since 2013 — in addition to an attention-grabbing remix of Flume’s Sleepless — Brisbane local Charles Murdoch has built a solid following. Now, with his anticipated debut album Point, the latest young Australian artist to be signed by local taste-maker label Future Classic is staring down the barrel of a busy 2016.
Point is a solid collection of eight largely delicate electronic soundscapes that nod to Murdoch’s propensity to experiment. It’s not so much for dancing as for delving into deeply, and showcases a meticulous production approach that is enhanced through diverse vocal performances from a clutch of emerging names.
Opener Nothing for You is an ethereal start, as Perth’s KUCKA wades in with high-pitched vocals amid an eerie, electronic backdrop.
Frogs is the album’s power package, as labelmates Ta-ku and Brisbane’s Wafia trade vocals between synth stabs and a relaxed spoken-word interlude courtesy of New York MC Hak; brilliant stuff.
Open starts all subtle and smooth before graduating to a crisp, broken-beat groove over which Chloe Kaul contributes soulful vocals. The Melbourne local also features on Fray, which, with its squelchy synths and ambient undertones, shapes as an album standout.
Privacy begins in a flurry of disjointed noise that slowly aligns around the melodic pipes of Melbourne vocalist Oscar Key Sung. It’s a fitting, immersive end for an album whose complexity becomes more apparent with each listen.