Murray, Sequoyah / Before You Begin
Album: Before You Begin   Collection:General
Artist:Murray, Sequoyah   Added:Sep 2019
Label:Thrill Jockey Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-10-07 Pull Date: 2019-12-09 Charts: Electronic
Week Ending: Dec 8 Dec 1 Nov 24 Nov 17 Nov 10 Nov 3 Oct 27 Oct 20
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 01, 2021: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants (rebroadcast from Nov 21, 2019)
Blue Jays
4. Dec 05, 2019: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
Blue Jays
2. Dec 14, 2019: Music Casserole
Blue Jays
5. Nov 28, 2019: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
I Wonder
3. Dec 12, 2019: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
Blue Jays
6. Nov 21, 2019: I Like to Dance: Shake Off Your Pants
Blue Jays

Album Review
Reviewed 2019-09-18
Avant-garde soul from 22-year-old Atlanta singer/producer Sequoyah Murray. Draws on a range of eclectic influences, including jazz, free-improv, and West and North African polyrhythms. A great artistic statement – everything on this is a leg up on the already-solid EP that just trickled through the A-File. Amazing vocal reach paired with nuanced and wholly unique hypermodern production. For fans of Sampha, Majid Jordan, Arthur Russell, PartyNextDoor, and James Blake. All songs FCC Clean. Start with 4, 7, 2

(1.) (1:03) Killer futuristic soul intro with distorted effects and opera samples (*2.) (3:44) Looped distorted medieval chanting, layered rumbling cello baseline, wavering organs, soaring harmonies (3.) (4:30) Swollen electronic baseline, emotional vocals. Early 00’s blog synthpop aesthetics at times (*4.) (4:50) Crazy scattershot low-end electronic production that explodes into cascading synth triplets with deep baritone vocals and smooth gliding strings (5.) (1:20) Short percussion-heavy (xylophone, rain stick) ballad dedicated to his mother (6.) (3:14) Jazzy collage. Groovy, showcasing Murray’s stellar vocal range (*7.) (4:06) Smooth emotional vocals, deep throbbing bass, skittering futuristic synth lines, great percussion (8.) (4:44) 8-bit intro leads into gyrating tropical production in the vein of Shabazz Palaces (9.) (6:26) Folksy, strummy, laid-back

Track Listing
1. Here We Go   5. Sunflower (I Love You More)
2. I Wonder   6. Let's Take The Time
3. Sublime   7. Penalties Of Love
4. Blue Jays   8. Is Enough
  9. Before You Begin