July 29, 2017
Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is back with his trademark smooth and inviting vocal delivery to promote his sixth studio album, Camacho.
While he mainly stuck to his guns with his most recent opus, his latest emission also afforded him room for explorations when it came to different writing and recording techniques, e.g. incorporating loops and beats to frame his uplifting yet at times melancholic, laid back and emotive tunes.
Backed by a full cohesive and perfectly calibrated band including string and brass section delivering mesmerizing harmonies, he incarnated at the Enmore Theatre in front of a swaying crowd that was eager to trade verses and join his crooning.
Juxtaposing old faithfuls with tracks of his new album, Pete delivered the crowd pleasers and it did not take much more than him stepping away from the microphone to elicit singalongs galore.
One could argue that Pete Murray with his “sensitive guy with acoustic guitar” approach has stuck to Konrad Adenauer’s credo “Keine Experimente” and is not known for pushing the envelope ever since he has found a lane for himself, i.e. a simplistic reimagining what has previously been done, yet consistency does not have to be a bad thing: He had the entire venue in awe with his refined and carefully curated set, which invoked a sense of intimacy despite the big venue, especially in quieter moments when the crowd was belting his songs back to him.
An artist that has become one with some quintessential Australian traits and landscape.
Photos by KAVV