Local Indy dream pop trio Fern Murphy brings out the shoe gaze spirit with “Flowerbeds”, from their summer EP.
Since this week is Christmas, we’re getting a head start on our songs of the day by bringing you all a special one for a relaxing Sunday. While last week we focused mostly on the genres of punk and psychedelic rock, this week we’re switching things up again, by looking at some more ambient and synth-heavy groups. And first up for the week is Fern Murphy, an indie dream pop band from Indy. If you’re into lots of reverb and chill vibes, you’re sure to find something to like in their track, “Flowerbeds”.
But before we get into the song itself, here’s a little more information on Fern Murphy.
Fern Murphy is a dream pop / shoe gaze trio from Indianapolis founded in January of 2018. The band has performed throughout the Midwest, and gained a rather loyal following in Indianapolis, thanks to consistent radio play, as well as exposure at some higher tier venues.
While they’re still a relatively young band, Fern Murphy has still managed to put out a respectable volume of work since their early days. Fern Murphy released their debut single, “Midwestern” in 2018, followed up by another, “Black Saturday (Something Is Wrong)”, which was inspired by the deliberation between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Fern Murphy released their debut EP, “Gringo Love” this past July. On their Bandcamp, the band recounts the story behind the album. “With their passion for discovery and exploration, Fern Murphy traveled the globe in search of something fantastic, all the while maintaining their roots in the Midwest. ‘Gringo Love’ exhibits these unique characteristics and provides a style of songwriting that copes with the mundaneness of life by romanticizing the exotic beauty of the unknown.”
Fern Murphy consists of Benjamin Pearson, Gabriel Simon Adams and Tommy Behan.
“Flowerbeds” is the second track of the five track EP, “Gringo Love”. Like most of the songs on “Gringo Love”, “Flowerbeds” puts the atmosphere as the highest priority. The track opens with a burst of reverb-soaked sound that instantly throws you into the state of mind Fern Murphy want you to have. The echoing guitar, synth tones, and breathy vocals all contribute to the dreamy haze of sound that’s perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
If there’s one critique I could have about “Flowerbeds”, it’s that the song isn’t quite as dynamic as it could be. This usually isn’t a problem for this type of music, which typically wants to settle into a groove and stay there. But with a run time that stretches past five minutes, I would have liked to hear a bit more than what I got.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy “Flowerbeds”. It’s a fine song. And what Fern Murphy brings to it works well. Don’t get me wrong. They’ve got their sound, and do a really good job of expressing what they’re going for. I just think it just could have been two minutes shorter, and I would have gotten about the same out of it as what I did.
Overall, “Flowerbeds” is a fine song if you want to be whisked away into a relaxing, dreamy pop haze. For my own tastes, it doesn’t quite move or evolve as much as I usually like. While listening, I felt as if there were some interesting directions that Fern Murphy could have taken the song, but instead decided to keep delivering the same thing.
I’ll still be on the look out for them around town, and would like to hear what they bring on their next release. I think they’ve got the potential to become a very interesting band. Let us know what you thought of “Flowerbeds” down below.
If you enjoyed listening to Fern Murphy’s ‘s song, “Flowerbeds”, you can listen to more of their new EP, “Gringo Love” by visiting their Bandcamp page. To find out more about the band, you can find them on Facebook.
Finally, for more coverage on the local Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local artists from the Indianapolis community.