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Secrets of Navigation

by Seven Crows

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zinnblume this is the music I always missed and now I found it. It's deeply touching my soul...a journey through the landscapes of feelings
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Chamoru 04:35
Returning 03:56
Two Swords 03:42
Night Song 04:18
Black Ash 05:30
Ancient Ways 05:32


Across the desert under a midday sun. The shadowy American heartland on the all-night Greyhound. Pre-dawn at sea, no land in sight. These are the kinds of alluring cinematic musical landscapes of openness in isolation that one encounters by innovative violinist, Chris Murphy’s new Seven Crows moniker. Based in Los Angeles, a prolific songwriter, composer, and performer; Murphy presents his latest masterful instrumental opus Secrets of Navigation. This 8-song cycle of layered violin compositions melds artfully nuanced plucked rhythmic figures, lyrical phrasing, and shimmering sustained lines, all refracted by reverbs, echoes, and modulation pedals.

As Murphy explains, “Instrumental music is challenging because you’re asking people to come on a journey with you, but you’re not telling them where you’re going.” You’ll have to trust the navigator on this one: Touching on the varied terrain Murphy has explored in the past, Secrets of Navigation takes listeners into areas of high intrigue and suspense, as on the eerie “Last Letter from Orson Welles,” and to gulfs of vast space as on the aptly titled “Nightsong.” But you’re just as likely to find yourself in a bustling North African souq, as on “Chamoru” or “Ancient Ways.”

Or, perhaps you’ll arrive in the artsy Southwest enclave of Bisbee, Arizona, where Murphy tracked these ambient violin elegies with producer Dan Simonis. While violin is the only instrument being played, don’t be surprised if you hear echoes of kalimba, pipe organ, birdsong, bagpipes, vintage synthesizers, or Miles Davis’ wah-wah trumpet warbles coming from that fiddle. Like fellow violin iconoclasts Warren Ellis (The Dirty Three) and Lisa Molinaro (Modest Mouse), Murphy travels with a supernatural violin in that beat-up, brooding black case. Who knows what you’ll find in there, or where it will take you.

—James Rotondi (JazzTimes, Acoustic Guitar)


released October 2, 2020

All music and violin effects created and performed by Chris Murphy
© 2020 Seven Crows (ASCAP)
© ℗ 2020 Chris Murphy Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Dan Simonis. Recorded by Sean Tractman.
Additional recording by Hal Cragin. Mastering, additional recording by Joshua "Cartier" Cutsinger at Hayloft Studios, Los Angeles, CA.

Photography Eric Stoner. Design by Lauren Lindstrom.
© ℗ 2020 Teahouse Records


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Seven Crows Music Los Angeles, California

Seven Crows is the ambient music project of Los Angeles based violinist and composer Chris Murphy. A master at looping and cinematic soundscapes he offers music to enhance the moment.

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