Hailing from Mississippi and now living in Ireland, the songwriter’s songwriter John Murry recently released a new album by the name of The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes. As some listeners may already know, Murry is closely associated with the alt-Americana music scene and while songs like ‘Oscar Wilde (Came Here To Make Fun Of You)’ and ‘Ones + Zeros’ share that rust belt and ranchers feel, his new album is further proof that Murry is far from a one trick pony.
The title-track, ‘Time & a Rifle’ and ‘You Don’t Miss Me (So Long)’ all rattle with a garage-rock ferocity that while dark and violent in nature, also strike us with the intent of purpose, of a starting anew. Those fuzzy guitars and punk spirit also peak their heads up on ‘I Refuse To Believe (You Could Love Me)’, although it steps into more playful melodies, much like those in ‘Perfume & Decay’. Then there are those times when Murry is an all-out experimentalist like in the angsty ‘1(1)1’ and the quirky ‘Her Little Black Book’.
Naturally, there are those songs that sit in the intersection between everything and in this case it’s ‘Ordinary World’, a cover of Duran Duran’s single. ‘Di Kreuster Sonata’ is the outlier, “stuck somewhere in between” as Murry himself puts it. It’s much more sensitive than the other tracks, set against a gentle acoustic backdrop with warbling synths and pertinent pauses. You might have noticed that we haven’t linearly evaluated The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes, opting to group the tracks together, but when you listen to the record as intended, it has the effect of an emotional and stylistic rollercoaster. A riveting experience that has no dull moments.