Brijean Murphy was born to make you move. Stepping out in 2018 as one of indie’s most in-demand pop percussionists, Murphy spends much of her time on back-to-back runs with a dozen different acts including Poolside, Toro Y Moi, and U.S. Girls. It’s a marvel that, somewhere in the whirlwind of the past year, she found time to collaborate with producer Doug Stuart to record their first communiqué to the world: the dreamy, back-room disco of Walkie Talkie.
Combining Murphy’s upbringing heavily steeped in latin jazz and soul, Brijean is a hypnotic and danceable new direction for Murphy, and a fine complement to her contemporaries on the 2019 indie circuit. Equal parts dance production, organic percussion and melodic mantra, Walkie Talkie transmits Murphy’s essence perfectly.
Walkie Talkie is Murphy’s collaboration with producer Doug Stuart, who shares a background as a jazz, pop, and session musician (Bells Atlas, Meernaa, Luke Temple, Jay Stone). In marathon sessions at their intimate home-studio, wedged between touring schedules that rarely-overlapped, Brijean formed. Murphy’s layered percussion and hypnotic, expressive vocals coupled with Stuart’s harmonic palette and intuitive production evokes 70s disco, 90s house, and sly pop sensibilities.