by Houtakker

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((small howl)) Joseph Murphy is one of those constantly evolving music masterminds that has range from lo-fi slowcore to experimental r&b. He's been involved in so many projects based in Chicago, all of which are so SO GOOD. He never ceases to amaze me. Check out his other bands he's been a part of: Distractions, Pet Lions, Royal Osprey, and Sea Priest. Favorite track: Judy, Judy.
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From the very beginning, Houtakker was meant to be an outlet for songs that I didn't think had a home anywhere else. I worked on them alone, and sent them out to my friends. Somewhere along the line someone asked me to play a show, so naturally I asked some of my favorite Chicago musicians to join me. In the last year we have managed to turn it into a real "working band" thanks to the encouragement of friends, musicians, and the dedication of my bandmates Justin, Paul and Matt. I especially want to thank anyone who has taken time out of their day to listen to these songs, or come out to one of our shows. We love you.

Seeing as how this is a compilation of songs from the past four years, this album had to be named Houtakker. Anything other than self-titled would feel trite. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I enjoyed making them.



released July 17, 2012

All songs written and recorded at various homes in the northwest Chicago area from 2008-2012 by Joseph Murphy.

Mixed and mastered by Joseph Murphy, 2012.


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Houtakker Chicago, Illinois

Houtakker is a dutch word meaning lumberjack. It’s also a groovy pop-band fronted by Joseph Murphy. Justin Fernandez, Matt Fields and drummer Paul Newmann join Murphy to create these laid-back tunes inspired by vintage analog gear and graphic designers Saul Bass and Massimo Vignelli. More interested in tones, textures and melodies than technique Houtakker just wants to make you feel good. ... more

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