The Sounds of John the Reve­la­tor Mud­bug Club ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - LAUREN MUR­PHY

The col­lab­o­ra­tive project of au­thor Peter Mur­phy and mu­si­cian/pro­ducer Acko per­haps ini­tially seems some­what por­ten­tous, but Mur­phy’s spo­ken-word pas­sages from his fine de­but novel John the Reve­la­tor are un­der­scored by a sub­tle sound­track. Make no mis­take: this is dark fare, laden with in­to­na­tions of tense fid­dle, bluesy gui­tar twangs and doom­laden pi­ano mo­tifs. The evoca­tive Let­ter from Hell and The Ter­ri­ble Grace of God ex­hibit Mur­phy’s flair for night­mar­ish de­scrip­tion, both ac­cen­tu­ated by un­com­fort­able mu­si­cal gur­gles and tense, stringy vi­o­lin streaks, while the re­cur­ring theme on the Old Crow se­ries is sim­plis­ti­cally ef­fec­tive. Per­haps it’s a lit­tle too bogged down in tone at times, but an en­gag­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing lis­ten that will send you scut­tling for the source ma­te­rial. tinyurl. com/therev­e­la­tororches­tra Down­load tracks: Murder of Crows, Let­ter from Hell

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