REVIEW N°1: Charles Murdoch’s EP “Weathered Straight”

This evening, as I was driving back home, something interesting happened to me. I was a bit tired so I thought if I turned the radio on, it would help me motivate for the road, and it quite did.

Some radio guy was speaking about a 2013 EP from australian artist Charles Murdoch, and I had never heard of this artist so I did not pay much attention until I heard the song. It was “Why”, the first track of Murdoch’s EP “Weathered Straight”- and it was one of the best chill-house beat and melody I had heard in a while. It made me dream, it made me nod my head, what else is there to say? It was exactly what I needed.

When I arrived home, I googled Charles Murdoch. I didn’t find anything, and Acclaimed mag agreed with me: “There’s no way of knowing the truth. There are no interviews, no biographical pieces, no nothing. What there is to know about Charles Murdoch is that he once went by the name Charlie Why! and he made upbeat, dance electronica.” See more

Although I did not find any biographical information (is a picture enough for you, ladies?), I did find an interesting critic of “Weathered Straight” from Resident Advisor rating it only a 2.5/5, because according to them, the EP is “shy of promising” and “lacks of innovation”.

I am not sure Murdoch deserves the harsh Resident Advisor critic, as he got signed by Future Classic, which is also Panama’s, Flume’s, and Ta-Ku’s label, after remixing a Flume song for a Beatport competition. The young artist has already been playing alongside Nicolas Jaar, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Cashmere Cat and others.

Future Classic describes “Weathered Straight” as “chilled out liquid synths, deep bass, plenty of space, and a proper amount of mystery.” (see more).

Was Resident Advisor right about “Weathered Straight”? Or is the EP worth a lot more than a 2.5 out of 5?

You have to see for yourself now, and tell me what you think.

The Dilettante