“Refreshingly cliche-avoiding, psychedelic-frosted, jazz-rooted, easy-going, warming ray of Afrobeat sunshine "
- Slow Music Movement
Sitka Sun is the instrumental project of bassist/arranger Patrick Murphy. Murphy has been a student of music for most of his life - picking up a guitar for the first time at twelve, gigging with blues bands throughout high school, studying jazz and classical music at Ithaca Conservatory of Music in New York, and being a part of numerous musical ensembles and bands from New York City to the Bay Area. Drawing inspiration from African and Caribbean music - filtered through the lens of an American blues, jazz, and soul upbringing - Murphy developed a wide range of styles, playing everything from jazz to afrobeat, americana to funk. After years of being a sideman, Murphy began to hone in on a new, but classic, sound, and composed the suite of psychedelic rhythms that would ultimately become his debut release. Through collaboration with producer/ studio engineer Angelo Peters and a tight-knit group of musicians, the compositions were workshopped and ultimately recorded, giving life to the multi-dimensional sound of Sitka Sun.
Sitka Sun's debut release came out on The Long Road Society in January 2018. You can purchase the LP at our online store or stream the album on the following channels: