One of the most interesting of Savannah's newest crop of acoustic artists, Sincerely, Iris makes music that gleefully gallops across easy categorization. These songs veer from spacey, modal musing to hyperdrive rock to highly melodic and structured pop, each with a lyrical knife's edge that puts them into that fabulously rich and never specific singer/songwriter territory. Still, the most primal joy of The Great Unknown is in the fabric of the DIY recording itself - Todd Murray, who is Sincerely, Iris, has overdubbed every instrument, including bass, percussion, keyboards and electric guitar. His acoustic guitar is always in the forefront, using open tunings, octave chords, strange-sounding fingerpicking counterpoints, classical motifs and flourishes of jazz and flamenco. The juxtaposition, strangely, works, creating an enormously satisfying musical tapestry. Murray has been compared, frequently, to Jeff Buckley, and you can hear it in the yearning, almost melancholy of his lyrics and the moodiness of his vocals. 'She Moves Me' and the exquisite, waltz-time 'Dear Clementine' have echoes of early Gordon Lightfoot, and the spectral images of jazz-era Joni, non-twee Sufjan and early Iron & Wine appear from time to time. The one I keep coming back to is 'The Great Unknown,' the album's title song. Starting with the nostalgic sound of a film projector, it's a road song - a salute, no doubt, to Murray's days as a Chicago-based traveler and ever-hungry touring performer. This song has a melody that won't leave me alone, and a brilliant guitar figure that evokes an open road, full of endless possibilities. 'The past is only a fading ghost. So I give it away to the great unknown. Bill Deyoung - Connect Savannah All songs written by Todd Murray All instruments played by Todd Murray except: Lead guitar on "Your Every Move" and "The Great Unknown" by James Lee Smith Backup Vocals on "The Great Unknown" and "You're Not Alone" by Britt Scott Recorded in closets in Chicago, IL and Savannah, GA Mixed by Todd Murray Mastered by P.M. Goerner in Savannah, GA.