A while back, someone sent me a little four-song EP by Father Murphy called No Room For The Weak. Father Murphy’s style of post-rock is hypnotic and orchestral, and it borders on folk much like that of Thee Silver Mt. Zion. But it’s more abrasive with hints of outlandishness; it’s eerie and near psychotic at times. That’s why it’s been sitting dormant for a month or two — I needed to get in the right frame of mind to play it.
On No Room For The Weak, Father Murphy’s songs have a domineering presence, dark and mysterious. And it has the shock factor present in virtually everything Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart touches. In the eight-minute opener, “We Now Pray With Two Hands, We Now Pray With Anger”, the Italian band chants amidst an echoing strum of guitar chords for a full three minutes before expanding it to include heavy drum beats and a higher-pitched wail.
“You Got Worry” stands out from the rest with dissonant harmony vocals provided by both sexes and larger orchestration, and “There Is A War” includes a haunting midsection featuring spoken word.
No matter how you look at it, it’s eerie. It’s as if a group of mountain-dwelling monks experienced a collective schizophrenic breakdown and decided, also collectively, to create cohesive experimental records. It’s creepy as hell, but boy is it good!
You can find the EP in 10-inch format on Aagoo Records.
Listen: “You Got Worry” by Father Murphy
1. We Now Pray With Two Hands, We Now Pray With True Anger
2. Until The Path Is No Longer
3. You Got Worry
4. There Is A War