Orange Sky ~ Alexi Murdoch

7464547222_0179fa6e5d_zAlexi Murdoch is a British musician and songwriter, currently living in Berlin.

Murdoch was born in London to a Greek father and Scottish-French mother and raised in Greece until he was ten, when his family moved back to England, settling in Scotland.

Murdoch moved to America in 1992 to study at Duke University, before moving to Los Angeles, California to be with a girlfriend. He first gained notice when an influential Los Angeles DJ,Nic Harcourt, began playing his music on the radio station KCRW. It led to much interest from the LA’s music industry, which Murdoch largely ignored, turning down advances from record labels and opting to release his music independently.

He self-published the EP Four Songs through independent record stores and website CD Baby in November 2002. CD Baby sold over 50,000 copies of the release, becoming the site’s all-time best-selling record.

In 2003, he performed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and that year’s Sundance Film Festival. and, in 2004, at the Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. In 2004, the song “Orange Sky” from the EP also became the most-played song on Philadelphia indie station WXPN.

Murdoch’s first album, Time Without Consequence, was released on 6 June 2006 on his own label, Zero Summer. As with the EP, Murdoch continued to turn down the record deals he was offered from numerous major labels to maintain creative control. (The record was distributed nationally through Sony BMG.) Time Without Consequence peaked at No. 25 on the BillboardHeatseekers chart.

On 9 June 2006, Murdoch began a 34-city tour in conjunction with the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, with most bookings at independent record stores.

The album became one of the most licensed albums of the decade, receiving placements on dozens of films and television shows. “Orange Sky” appeared in The O.C., House, Prison BreakUgly Betty, Dirty Sexy Money, Ladder 49, and in promotions for Oscar nominated foreign film, Paradise Now, Southland and a Honda commercial. “Home” appeared in a season 2 episode of Prison Break. “All My Days” was featured in The O.C., Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, Without a Trace, Stargate Universe, and a promo for Southland. It has also featured as the opening song in the movie Real Steel and the final episode of Years of Living Dangerously. “Song For You” appeared in Everwood. “12” appeared in the shows “Brothers & Sisters” and “One Tree Hill.” “Blue Mind” was featured in the 2008 adventure film The Sharp End, , and several episodes of Dawson’s Creek.  “Breathe” and “All My Days” were used in Stargate Universe, and the 2008 film Tenderness, where the album Time Without Consequence is also shown on a scene of the film. “Wait” was used in the shows Defying Gravity and Parenthood. “It’s Only Fear” was used in the Brothers and Sisters. Several songs were used in a surfing documentary One California Day. “Crinan Wood” was used in the episode Chuck Versus the Masquerade from the show Chuck.

In the spring of 2009, Murdoch embarked on a rare US headlining tour, during which he has been distributing an early version of a new album entitled Towards the Sun in a limited edition packaged in a hand-printed, cardboard sleeve.

Several of these new songs quickly appeared on the internet. Later, the song “Through the Dark” was used in the television series The Vampire Diaries. Several other Towards the Sunsongs were used on the soundtrack to Oscar winner Sam Mendes’ 2009 film Away We Go which had a screenplay by the writers Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. There was an album tied to the film release which contained a mix of songs from Time Without Consequence and Towards the Sun alongside single songs by The Stranglers, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and the Velvet Underground. The track “Some Day Soon” was featured in the second episode of Touch, titled “1+1=3″.

Recent bookings by Murdoch include two concerts in Berlin, one small club appearance and a second as part of the City Slang label’s 20th anniversary. In February 2011 he performed in New York City as part of Lincoln Center’s prestigious “American Songbook Series”, after which he went on a sold out tour of major markets throughout North America. (i.e. Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Chicago, Minneapolis.) 2011 also saw the official release of his third recording, “Towards The Sun” and Murdoch’s first proper European tour, including a two sold out London club shows, followed by a sold out appearance at Union Chapel.

In 2012, Murdoch appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival at the invitation of Montreal-based band, the Barr Brothers. His music continued to appear frequently in film and television. Notable appearances included a summer 2012 usage for the song “All My Days” in the BBC’s campaign for BBC iPlayer features, and an autumn usage for “All My Days” in an American television commercial for Sprint wireless—an association that continued into 2013 when the song was played a half-dozen times during the 2013 Oscar telecast.

Murdoch is frequently compared to the late British singer-song writer Nick Drake. His first album Time Without Consequence was met with wide critical praise, gaining him five stars with Alternative Press as well as placing him on Rolling Stone’s Top Ten Artists list. His newest release Towards the Sun is gathering higher praise still in both the US and in Europe. PopMatters, giving the record a 9/10 calls Murdoch’s performance “hauntingly beautiful” and “heartbreakingly lovely”. Q magazine in the UK give the record four stars with this to say: “Acoustic troubadour makes stunning second outing. Anyone who harps on about how the songwriters of today don’t match up to those of yesteryear should be directed to this remarkable second record.”

Orange Sky

Orange Sky” is a single from Alexi Murdoch’s EP Four Songs. The song is also included on Murdoch’s first LP album Time Without Consequence.

The song was featured in the movie Garden State, although it was not released on the soundtrack for the film, and Ladder 49. It was also included in episodes of the television shows Dawson’s Creek, The O.C., Prison Break, House, Brothers & Sisters, Suburgatory and Ugly Betty. “Orange Sky” has also been featured in commercials for the Honda Element and for Hallmark Cards. It was used again in the trailer for the filmParadise Now in 2005. Director Josh Lowell also used it for several sequences in the climbing video Pilgrimage featuring Chris Sharma. In 2009,NBC used the song in advertisements for the cop drama Southland. The song was also featured in the 2009 movie, Away We Go.

Orange Sky – Murdoch

Well I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
Yes I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my brother standing by
With my brother standing by
I said, “Brother, you know you know
It’s a long road we’ve been walking on
Brother, you know it is you know it is
Such a long road we’ve been walking on.”

And I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my sister standing by
With my sister standing by
I said, “Sister, here is what I know now
Here is what I know now
Goes like this..
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, in your love, in your love.”

“But sister you know I’m so weary
And you know, sister
My heart’s been broken
Sometimes, sometimes
My mind is too strong to carry on
Too strong to carry on”

“When I am alone
When I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone
When I’ve lost all care for the things I own
That’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you, that’s when I miss you
You who are my home
You who are my home
And here is what I know now
Here is what I know now
Goes like this..
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, my salvation lies
In your love, in your love, in your love”

Well I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
Yes I had a dream
I stood beneath an orange sky
With my brother and my sister standing by
With my brother and my sister standing by
With my brother and my sister standing by


41dkOJ6OsIL._SS280 From the 2006 album, Time Without Consequence:

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Orange Sky ~ Alexi Murdoch


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