Taken from Al Murphy’s unreleased folk miserabilist album written in the wake of crushing heartache, “Breaking Bread” see’s Murphykid flee London back to Yorkshire’s gruff embrace.
Having your heart-broken and then writing a song it isn’t really anything to write home about unless you happen to be the author of “New York Minute”. Murphykid’s story is quite interesting because he had a brief lapse of judgement, wrote a lovelorn ballad, then an album and took 13 years to release it. If that’s not playing the long game what is?
“Breaking Bread”, in some ways, is a distillation of youth’s last clarion call before aspirations and expectations diminish as adult realism sets in. Murphykid quietly and calmly sits in emotional purgatory and considers those feelings of want and need and maybe even atones for it in his own way. It is a thought-provoking record and one that feels heartfelt. After all, that is all you can ask from an artist.