Man Without Country sounds like: He’s discovered solace in solitude after searching for a place to belong to for a long time.
Similar artists: Chad Valley, Postal Service, Keep Shelly In Athens, Pet Shop Boys
His story: Man Without Country is a musical and visual electronic project lead by Ryan Murphy from south Wales.
He named the project after a quote from Tom Hanks film The Terminal about a guy who gets stuck in an airport in New York.
They originally popped up into the music industry’s consciousness in 2007 as a duo, with Murphy appearing alongside his band mate and co-writer Tom Greenhalf.
After sending a bunch of demos around were promptly picked up by a big music publisher as well as being managed by the same people behind Moby, Robyn and The Knife.
Man Without Country then went on to release a bunch of albums as well as tour over the US and Europe, sharing stages with the likes of M83, Alt J, Warpaint shortly before declaring a hiatus in 2015.
After a brief stint in side project Secular Ghost, Murphy has returned to releasing music under the Man Without Country moniker with new AA side single Lion Mind / Jaws Of Life, much to the delight of the project’s ready-and-waiting fanbase.
What’s so great about them? Murphy’s story of moving through the highs and lows of the music business is riddled with professional and personal challenges.
The original duo found themselves swept of their feet, being one of the few UK artists of the last decade to fulfill that rock’n’roll dream of sending out unsolicited demos only to find that people genuinely loved their music.
The return is therefore a very welcome one, with their envelope-pushing approach to constructing electronic music unique to Man Without Country injecting more vitality into the scene.
But even during the hiatus, Murphy has been busying himself. He’s been collaborating with electronica stalwarts Röyksopp, featuring on a single taken from their 2014 album The Inevitable End that debuted at number 1 on the iTunes electronic chart. Which really isn’t too bad at all.
Most-streamed track on Spotify: Sweet Harmony (over half a million listens so far)
What will he be doing for the rest of 2017? Speaking to Metro.co.uk, now that Murphy has re-awakened Man Without Country, he intends to get real busy with it.
He tells us a new single is likely to surface before the end of the year, and currently there are some European dates being plotted for early next year. He’s also been collaborating with a number of others for release soon, the first of which for an artist called Yotto.
Signed to: Unsigned
Upcoming live dates: None announced, but expect that to change in the new year.