Plaintive and soaring, Things We’d Rather Not Say waltzes out of your speakers with the breezy ease that comes from a life steeped in melody.
Determined to be particular in her work, Murphy decided to take the project out of her current haunt of Nashville and back to her hometown. She settled in to Pine Hollow studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Turning to studio owner (and sound engineer for The National) Evan Middlesworth for co-production, Murphy reached out to old high school classmates Ben Lester (Tallest Man on Earth, S. Carey) and Dave Power (The Staves, AeroFlynn) and local legend Robbie Weisshaar to track the record. Oh, and her dad came up to play keys.
Recorded during a cold snap – it didn’t get above 0 the whole time they were recording – the record has the warm glow of thick sweaters and crackling fires. Tracked mostly live, the band would start by just working through a song until the energy felt right and hitting record. The magical sessions got an extra dose of pixie dust at the hands of mixing engineer Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy, Elephant Revival) and mastering savant Gavin Lurssen (Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn).
Holistically, Murphy approaches her work with the goal of always seeking the light. “I hope people take away a sense of hope and love from this record,” says Murphy. “More than anything, I hope they find some pieces of the beauty, magic, and light we created up in the Northwoods when we were weaving these songs into a record, that they can carry with them through these strange and somewhat dark times.”