Edinburgh-based singer songwriter Cathal Murphy has released his debut EP, I’m writing to you, it can be lonely and beautiful at the edges of print, it came out on Friday 25th June. The five-track record has a mellow jazz-pop sound and centres around the highlights and breakdown of a relationship. The entire EP was also shot as a short film with each music video acting as an individual episode with a distinct setting that matches the song. Cathal spoke with The Fountain about how the record has been received thus far and his plans for the year now that he has moved to Scotland.

TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to I’m Writing To You….?

It’s been amazing! It’s really rewarding as a musician when your writing genuinely resonates with people so I am just made up. I’ve sat with these songs for so long now and for them to now belong to everyone is a really special thing for me. 

TF: And can you sum up the record in one sentence?

 If I was to sum up the EP in a sentence it would have to be the title  – I’m writing to you, it can be lonely and beautiful at the edges of print. The title captures the exact feeling I wanted. It describes a momentary comfort in a writing about someone. If you picture someone sitting at a desk writing about someone from their past, it’s sad, pathetic, poetic and romantic all at the same time. It was such a vivid image in my head when writing the EP. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

My brain is always switched on when it comes to music – I have a lot of music recorded and to be recorded that I want to release. It’s just a matter of waiting for a collection of new songs to naturally come together. I would definitely expect to see another release before the year is out!

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I think I’m at an advantage on this one because I have only moved to Scotland a few months ago and have only gigged in a few places throughout Scotland. What I am really looking forward to is getting to play all of these new venues! I’ve heard Sneaky Petes in Edinburgh is amazing!