Con Murphy wields his pen as a painter’s brush, scraping the canvas and leaving vibrant traces. “Word Paint Me,” from the newly-released Otherworld, emits a gentle, lullaby quality. It’s both haunting and ethereal. Love songs, generally speaking, are tragically saccharine and uninspired. Murphy demonstrates one can lean into the hope-gilded sentimentality without sacrificing any sense of musical composition and emotional complexity. “If you word paint me the thoughts in your mind / Spiral like a falling leaf / Stick to the ground, don’t make a sound,” he sings with a knitted guitar/piano pattern
Listen to “Word Paint Me” below.