|John Murry has announced details of his new album ‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’, to be released June 25 on Submarine Cat Records and available to pre-order here. Lead single ‘Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You)’ is available now, accompanied by a video directed by actor/director Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones/Peaky Blinders/The Wire).
Mississippi-born Murry’s third album, ‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’ was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Aldous Harding, This Is the Kit) at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth. Now based in Ireland, Murry has released two critically acclaimed albums, his 2012 debut ‘The Graceless Age’ (“…a work of genius” ***** The Guardian) and the 2017 follow-up ‘A Short History Of Decay’ (“..delivers in gloriously dysfunctional bucketloads” **** Mojo).
‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’ is an album of startling imagery and insinuating melodies, searing with its burning honesty, unsparing intimacy and twisted beauty. It’s a record that shares its predecessors’ lyrical ingenuity, but this time the sadness is shot through with humour, albeit a spectacularly black humour.
This is reflected in Aidan Gillen’s video for lead single ‘Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You’). Comments Gillen: “I had this idea of John floating around my house – or did that happen in real life? – anyways I liked the idea of a John puppet floating around upside down and mentioned this to him. His Ex had made this puppet with an uncanny likeness and I used whatever technology I had to hand to try and make something that looked nice for the puppet part. I mean, it’s not all in focus, but there a bit too much of that these days.”
The seriousness comes from the song’s opening: “I bought fertiliser and brake fluid / Who in the hell am I supposed to trust? / Sympathy ends in gas chambers / Oklahoma City shoulda been enough.” It’s one of the many moments on the record where violence – emotional or physical – rears up, but there’s a point to that. “The violence in the songs, it’s not to glorify it,” comments John Murry. “Oklahoma City really should have been enough. These things are going on and on in the United States.”
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