John Murry ‘I Refuse To Believe’ (You Could Love Me)

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Singer-songwriter and musician John Murry strikes back with his third offering of the year, ‘I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me).

John Murry – I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me)

Following on from a string of successful releases this year, singer-songwriter and musician John Murry strikes back with his third offering of the year, the single and video for, ‘I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me)’. The track comes shortly after the release of singles Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You) and Ones + Zeros, all of which are set to appear on John’s new album, The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes, marked for release on June 25th.

As with those tracks, this new single shares their lyrical ingenuity and that inescapable sadness that’s shot through with humour (albeit a spectacularly black humour), that John has come to be renowned for. Known for creating ‘melancholy music’ and drawing influences from the trauma and chaos of human existence, John Murry often turns to his own life’s stories for the inspiration behind his albums.

John’s previous two albums, for example, were created as a direct response to specific traumas: the centrepiece of his debut, The Graceless Age  – the astonishing ‘Little Colored Balloons’ – told of his near-death from a heroin overdose; its follow-up, A Short of History of Decay, was recorded in the wake of John Murry’s failed marriage. The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes, now comes six years after John left the US for Ireland, it’s the product of a long period of stability in his life and his retrospection of his time there.

Written in seemingly happier times for John, it, therefore, shouldn’t be too surprising that ‘I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me)’ bares a slightly more lighthearted and upbeat sonic flare to it that Ones + Zeros’ and Oscar Wilde did not.  Introduced by a rhythmic bass guitar and bold percussion, John Murry’s raspy, rumbling vocals take charge of the John Parish produced beat as he guides the listener through a twisted narrative that penetrates to the very heart of you, searing with its burning honesty, its unsparing intimacy and its twisted beauty.

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 Words Daisy Lipsey