‘Uly’ is the moniker of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Rafino Murphy.
Deeply influenced by pop, soul, jazz, nostalgic production value and doing-it-yourself - Murphy's work is highly personal, exploratory and largely revolves around identity and self all against a backdrop of comforting, immersive and captivating harmony. Since the project's inception in 2018, Murphy has had one single aim - to create art that not only he himself enjoys, but that which moves the listener to actually feeling something.
Despite a brief hiatus from musical work for a period of deep reflection, Murphy currently boasts an ever growing collaborative discography (see: Kojaque, Kynsy, Nealo, Adam Garrett, to name a few), two high-profile placements in the hit series' Normal People and Conversations with Friends and is now a recent recipient of The Dean Arts Studio residency. It would appear that the Irish/Filipino artist is back, and here to stay.
[...] The resulting project is rife with an inescapable intimacy. Awash with warmth, if you were a day boasts impossibly tender horns that play against Murphy's gentle falsetto, the moving parts on the EP weaving around one another unassumingly. At different times, a bass line – or occasionally the twinkle of a piano – will peek out from the rest of the sonics to have their moment in the sun. And Murphy is smart enough to let the music lead. - Tanis Smither