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the murlocs

Put on a good set of headphones, hit play on The Murlocs sophomore album “Young Blindness”, make sure to turn it up loud to flesh out every detail, and go for a long walk to let the sounds wash right over you without distraction.

More than just a clichéd doppelganger of the psych-blues inspirations from where their sound originates, Young Blindness is an orgy of 60’s and 70’s drug-drenched sounds mixed with newer indie-rock sensibilities. Drawing heavily from such genres is a tricky thing; lean too far towards blues and you’ll sound like an unoriginal cover band, go too far towards psychedelic rock and you’ll likely fade into the mass of indistinguishable psych/garage bands who have more guitar pedals than song-writing ability.

The Murlocs hit that spot in the middle, weaving together all their blues drenched instruments in such a way creating a texture of warm, drifting melodies and catchy guitar hooks. Their expertly crafted songs are indicative of front-man Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s experience in songwriting – and there are definite comparisons with his other venture, the much-lauded King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – but The Murlocs provide him with an avenue for more carefully constructed and direct songs.”


The album starts off on an upbeat note with the wondrous Happy Face and title track Young Blindness before shifting to a brooding middle section, where the pace is slowed down and the melodies are the focus, before things come full circle towards the end of the album, returning to a high-spirited mood.  Such is the strength of each and every track on Young Blindness, that picking singles based on their merit as individual songs would surely prove impossible.

Take the muffled drawl and looping melodies of Rolling On, the mind-warping and entrancing Wolf Creek, or the bluesy Adolescence that permit the band to show off their moody side. Young Blindness is simply one of those records on which you struggle to find a weak track.

The band releases a great debut, declaring to the world their arrival on the music scene . Then comes the follow-up; they’ve got to maintain the original sound of the first album, yet grow to remain interesting. This kind of pressure can kill a band. Yet this five-piece manage to stay as fresh as ever, producing an album full of consistently stand-out tracks while sticking to their signature sound of swampy bass, harmonious drumming, fuzzed out guitar interplay, that strident drawl of a voice, and well-utilised harmonica sounds of tasty garage blues-rock .

Through Young Blindness, The Murlocs have crafted a tighter older sibling of their debut LP, demonstrated how to do an excellent follow-up album and proven that they’re much more than just a side-project.