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A Cat Named Murzik

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A Cat Named Murzik
📅 Released1 May 2012
StudioAladdin Studios
⏳ Length27:21
🏷️ LabelSelf-released, Mint 400 Records
🤑 ProducerBryan Steenerson
Murzik chronology
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A Cat Named Murzik

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A Cat Named Murzik is the fourth studio album from the American folk band Murzik.


The eight-track album was self-released, on 1 May 2012. It was recorded at Aladdin Studios, mixed by Alex Proctor, and engineered and produced by Bryan Steenerson. It is described as having "romanticized soundscapes and dark poetic lyrics," and it draws comparison to the music of DeVotchKa, Gogol Bordello, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen.[1][2] A Cat Named Murzik features accordion, mandolin, glockenspiels, and acoustic and electric guitars, with the baritone vocals.[3]

A record released party was held at Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 19 May 2012, with Bella Ruse.[4] The album was reissued with Mint 400 Records in 2015.

A review by John Ziegler in Duluth News Tribune says, "combining the zestiness of gypsy swing with the somber tones of some Eastern European folk music[,] there's a definite minor key vibe that comingles with the lyrics' darker shades lending a very distinct flavor to A Cat Named Murzik." He describes the opening track "Poison Tears" as blending "a flamenco feel with driving percussion and featur[ing] an undulating middle section, following the first verses, that almost stops time."[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."Poison Tears"4:07
2."River of Love"4:22
3."Saint Andreas"1:59
4."Rain Falling Slowly"4:57
5."The Encounter"2:34
7."Zdrastvuy Love"2:34
8."Heaven Will Stay"3:36
Total length:27:21


  • Christopher Becknell – violin
  • Alex Budrow – drums
  • Ryan Pfeiffer – cello
  • Nathan Simar – accordion
  • Bryan Steenerson – vocals and guitar
  • Darin Steenerson – bass
Additional musicians
  • Jeremy Grace – piano
  • Alex Proctor – bass


  • Constant Contact Staff (2012), "New Music Spotlight", Constant Contact, retrieved 3 March 2019
  • Flores, Anna (2011), "The Live Feed Presents: Murzik", Public Radio Exchange, retrieved 3 March 2019
  • Pirate! Staff (2013), "Murzik - A Cat Named Murzik", Pirate!, retrieved 3 March 2019
  • SSG Music Staff (30 October 2012), "Murzik, James Apollo, Whitney Ballen at Columbia City Theater 11/1", SSG Music, retrieved 3 March 2019
  • Ziegler, John (5 April 2012), "CD review: Murzik combines diverse elements to produce singular sound", Duluth News Tribune, retrieved 3 March 2012