Pal by Murphy Smith: Review
Moving to a new place opens up a whole new door of opportunities and uncertainties. There is excitement and there is anxiety. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to go through everything all on your own and a friend is all you need. Minneapolis indie singer-songwriter Murphy Smith’s latest single is just about that.
Written and produced at his home studio, the song has an infectious groove with a homely vibe that invites you in like an old pal. The song starts off with a cassette-like sound followed by a driving keyboard melody backing the laid-back funky guitar riff. The steady thumping bass keeps the groove tight and makes you want to bop your head to it. The Guitar and the vocals have great synergy with a call-and-response vibe. The telephonic muffled vocals in the verse give the song a vintage feel with a modern edge. As the song gets to the chorus, the vocals and the other instruments get unleashed in all their funky glory to an easy-to-sing-along breakdown. The soulful keyboard solo elevates the song to another level of funkiness adding a dash of blues to it.
Overall, the song is funkier than your dreams after a crazy weekend with an infectious hook that doesn’t require you to visit a doctor. So give it a listen and share it with a friend. If you don’t have any, what are you doing with your life? You just need a pal.
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Review by: Gabe Finch