Label: Aagoo Records/Boring Machines/Madcap Collective Release date: 04/10/10 Link: Myspace Father Murphy are a strange beast. They get tagged as “Unclassified” but a better word would be “indescribable” and your appreciation of the band would be really give or take, depending on how experimental (and I do not use the term lightly here) you like your music. Probably the place where it really works best (or worst, again, this is a very Marmite record) is the opening track, the 9 minute mammoth/test of endurance 'We now pray with two hands/We now pray with anger'. With a name like that, you know you're in for a surprise. An unintelligible voice repeated like a mantra inevitably becomes a disembodied scream. The pace drones, stops, a few notes are picked and the death march continues. The last minute or so is just a bunch of noises that would make you pine for whatever the BBC Radiophonic churned out, so, again, results may vary (I like it, though). There is no structure, there is no chorus/verse/chorus formula and it's more of a performance thing than a song in the traditional sense. Maybe 'Until the path is no longer' is more of a traditional song, even if it seems like a composition made up of two movements: the first one being a pretty cool drone and the second one a very psychedelic extended outro (needs more sitar, though). There are vocals, though, sometimes a cacophonous mix of female and male voices singing in a distant, desensitised drone and sometimes as the back chorus to a vocal sample. And, hey, for as much as they experiment, Father Murphy rock out (in a way) a cover of Leonard Cohen ('There is a war') which pretty much deconstructs it, turns it around and gives it their seal of approval. Part background music in a haunted house, part drone and pretty much hard to describe. Again, it's a strange beast, filled to the brim in psychedelia), that's Father Murphy's No room for the weak: psychedelic drones. Photobucket