Black Box Theory joined Murray with previous collaborator Nick Bertling on a 10-song collection that blends Murray’s clear voice with her aggressive, energetic power-pop guitar attack. Murray produced and recorded the songs in her home studio near Nashville, TN, and Bertling played drums and mixed the album.
Murray’s songwriting draws upon classic pop and rock sounds without ever becoming an exercise in retro. Black Box Theory continues the confident study in contrasts that has endeared Gretchen’s Wheel to audiences. Razor-edged guitars drive the album’s opening salvo, “Untethered,” as sweetly sung vocal harmonies float above. A bouncy rhythm underscores the melancholic sentiments of “The Maze.” The contemplative, album-closing “A Tourist” culminates with slow-burn distorted guitars.
Taking into account the upcoming album Black Box Theory, Murray has recorded four full-length albums with collaborators such as Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star) and Ira Elliot (Nada Surf). Gretchen’s Wheel also contributed a track to the recent Matthew Sweet tribute collection released by Futureman Records, Altered Sweet.<br>