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Gavin Murphy


Singer-songwriter Gavin Murphy has revealed the new video for his single ‘Alive’,  created by Keelan Murphy and capturing the positivity and nostalgic sentiment of the song. Originally from Dublin, Murphy is currently based in the western Ireland town of Sligo.

“I find nostalgic trips are very helpful to ease present anxieties. The good memories we reflect upon, help to hold our lives together. Gratitude can be easily overlooked and it’s such an important emotion,” says Gavin Murphy.

“This video is inspired by my kids. In fact my 15-year-old son directed it. The video captures the innocence of children playing in the garden with the footage projected onto me as I sing the song. Saoirse Kavanagh, who sang lovely backing vocals on this track also features in the video.”

A ‘chin-up’ anthem for our times when depression has become so rampant in this age of lockdown, for this single, the single involved top-notch professionals, including producer / mixer Ger McDonnell (The Cure, U2, Van Morrison, Martha Wainwright, Shane McGowan, Sinead O’Connor) and Stephen Ceresia at Stonyfield Mastering, Robbie Malone (David Gray) plays bass, while Paul Byrne is on drums and Saoirse Kavanagh on backing vocals.

Hailing from Dublin’s north side, Gavin Murphy now resides in Sligo on Ireland’s north-west coast. Beginning with his debut self-recorded and self-produced album ‘45 RPM (Replay Past Memories)’, Murphy has been honing his sound and harvesting melodic guitar-based Indie pop-rock goodness, characterized by bittersweet lyrics and catchy melodies. Inspired by feelings rooted in nostalgia and moving melodies, Murphy cites Crowded House as a strong influence.

Earlier this year, Murphy released the single ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’, which was mastered by Frank Arkwright (Elton John, The Smiths, Coldplay, Blur, Arcade Fire) at Abbey Road in London. 

“My new single ‘Alive’ is about embracing the positives in life. To witness the sunrise at dawn is a beautiful heartwarming experience. Appreciating the simple pleasures in life and reflecting upon good memories, can help us through difficult times. On the other hand, ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ is a rite of passage that nobody escapes. You suffer from it, you inflict it – don’t kid yourself otherwise. It will keep happening until you learn from it and finally make peace with the scars,” says Gavin Murphy.

 

‘Alive’ and ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ are out now, available across streaming platforms and online stores, including SpotifyApple Music and Bandcamp.

CREDITS
Gavin Murphy – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Robbie Malone (David Gray) – Bass
Paul Byrne – Drums
Saoirse Kavanagh – Backing Vocals
Produced by Gavin Murphy and Ger McDonnell
Mixed by Ger McDonnell
‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road, London
‘Alive’ mastered by Stephenm Ceresia at Stonyfield Mastering, USA
Photography by John Wilde

Gavin Murphy – Alive

Gavin Murphy – The Sound of Heartbreak

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