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Artist - WISHFUL THINKING (FMR 255-0108)



This is up and coming Vocalist, Orla Murphy’s debut album, which she co-produced with Simon Wallace. The album is gaining notable praise from jazz musicians and critics alike. A big fan of Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell Orla pays homage to them by her emotion- al interpretations of their respective songs ‘Make Sure Your Sure’ and ‘Be Cool’. However, her unique cover of Sting’s ‘Fragile’ with guitarist Ping Lee sets the tone of the wonderful album. The first thing that strikes you when listening to this debut album from Belfast-born, London-based Vocalist Orla Murphy is her lustrous timbre. Sounding like the forgotten lovechild of Joni Mitchell and Terry Callier - seamlessly combining the liquid phrasing of the former with the soulful sonorities of the latter - Murphy’s captivating tone really draws the listener into the song. It comes as no surprise when she dusts down Mitchell’s ‘Be Cool’ midway through the set. The 11-track collection is nicely balanced

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