Nick Murphy has announced details for his long-awaited sophomore full length album Run Fast Sleep Naked, out April 26 via Downtown Records / Future Classic / Opulent.
Murphy also releases the soulful lead single “Sanity,” a song written at Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La studio and brings bright piano melodies, off-kilter beats, and radiant synth lines to his unflinchingly self-aware lyrics.
Run Fast Sleep Naked is the latest in a series of widely acclaimed releases from the singer / producer / multi-instrumentalist, including Built on Glass – which lead to Murphy playing international festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury.
To make Run Fast Sleep Naked, Murphy spent four years traveling the world solo with a microphone in his suitcase, recording his vocal tracks in whichever spaces and environments most inspired him.
During that time, he immersed himself in intense self-examination, a process aided by his reading of Joseph Campbell’s theories of the artist’s shaman-like role in modern society.
With its penetrating songwriting and kaleidoscopic palette, Run Fast Sleep Naked is a hypnotically candid document of that searching, an album equally informed by constant questioning and steadily arriving at fragments of truth.
Although Murphy captured his vocal performances in spaces across the globe—including his grandmother’s living room, a studio in Tokyo, a vacation rental he shared with his family in New Zealand, and his own New York City apartment—the musical component to Run Fast Sleep Naked was mainly recorded at Figure 8 in Brooklyn. And in sculpting the album’s shapeshifting sound, Murphy enlisted over 15 musicians and a full orchestra, embedding each song with unexpected textures and wildly varied tones.
“It’s almost like I was finding different shapes and colors from around the world, and then bringing them back and putting them all together,” Murphy says. “If you sit in one space for a long period of time, you get settled and stop experiencing the world in a new way,” he adds. “There’s a kind of power in leaping into the void without set structures and systems in place.”
In bringing Run Fast Sleep Naked to life, Murphy rigorously questioned his own motivations for making music and his fundamental intentions as an artist. “At some point I realised there was a path I could continue on where I could put things forward as a way to boost myself up, or as a gain to my ego,” he says. “But that’s not true to the whole purpose and role of the artist.”
Run Fast Sleep Naked Track Listing
01 – Hear It Now
02 – Harry Takes Drugs On The Weekend
03 – Sanity
04 – Sunlight
05 – Some People
06 – Yeah I Care
07 – Novocaine and Coca Cola
08 – Never No
09 – Dangerous
10 – Believe (Me)
11 – Message You At Midnight
Nick Murphy headlines O2 Academy Brixton on Tuesday 22nd October. Tickets are on sale now.