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Dale Murray – “Dream Mountain Dream”

There are a few extraordinary life events that change a person. Getting married. Having babies. And even more amazing, discovering you like the same music as your parents. This is a shocking moment indeed, something you have tried for so long to resist but inevitably catches up to you. Sometimes this happens just because the music is damn good, and in the case of Dale Murray, we and our parents have excellent taste. Released in March 2012, Dream Mountain Dream is Murray’s second album and something to be loved. Murray is no stranger to the world of musical accomplishments: a founding member of The Guthries and formerly of Cuff the Duke, Murray has proven to be a gifted, versatile, and passionate artist with a huge grab bag of talents and still so much more to give. Everything on this album is great; from Murray’s instantly recognizable voice to the catchy melodies and much-acclaimed guitar skills, there is a feeling of effortless perfection behind natural instincts. He seems to just know what will work, a gift that reveals itself in the harmonies, the chord progressions, and the overall flow of each of the album’s tracks. This isn’t something that comes easily to most people, but on Dream Mountain Dream, it’s impossible to ignore. Each of the album’s tracks has a catchy, cross-generational feel. It might be considered a mix of alt-country, folk, and rock, not forced into any tidy genre but finding a home among all three. This blend of sounds is what makes it so appealing to different listeners, and fans of music both modern and old will find something to love. Murray can easily be compared to George Harrison in songs like “Evicted” and “My New World” and new favourites Said The Whale in “You are My Girl”. Each track is immediately catchy and you’ll find yourself singing along to “Dream Mountain Dream” on even the first listen. This album has incredible potential as a staple in Canadian music, a fantastic 10-track collection that definitely deserves greater exposure. Fans of folky country-rock will love this album. It’s a great soundtrack for pretending to be busy at work or relaxing on the weekend, and it gets especially better after a few times on repeat. Check out his website and Facebook for more information, and buy this and his first album on iTunes. The album has already been called one of the year’s best, and chances are you and your parents will love it. For a taste of Dale Murray, listen to “The Wind is Trying to Kill Me”:

Dale Murray - "Dream Mountain Dream"