The Scarlet Goodbye, labeled “the most unlikely mash-up in Minnesota Music History,” is the creative lovechild of Daniel Murphy and Jeff Arundel.
Murphy, pivotal in the launch of both Soul Asylum and the super-group Golden Smog, had stepped away from the game in 2012, after 30 years of recording and touring. A chance meeting with mellow Singer-Songwriter Jeff Arundel led the duo, whose careers spanned the same time frame but had essentially no other resemblance, to start writing and recording.
With the first collaboration, “Paris,” they realized that they were onto something, as Murphy shoved Arundel into a swagger, and Arundel tip-toed Murphy into revealing some vulnerabilities. Meeting in an attic studio during the pandemic, Murphy and Arundel fashioned a collection of songs that producer John Fields brought to mix the record, called “timeless and unique, part Rolling Stones and part Townes Van Zandt.”
Over 2022, The Scarlet Goodbye has released three singles and a video to critical acclaim, and has performed on stages large and small, bracing for a February 2023 release of their full-length record “Hope’s Eternal”, on Ingrooves/Universal, via Nashville’s The Label Group. The lads expect to perform in support of the record with their crack backing band.
Daniel D. Murphy was a critical element in the formation of two favorite bands, Soul Asylum and Golden Smog, sharing the stage with fellow hitmakers Dave Pirner, Gary Louris, and Jeff Tweedy. After a career at the top, including the Grammy for "Runaway Train", and performing on the biggest stages around the world, Danny decided he was ready to leave the road, and in 2012, stepped aside. A chance meeting at a 2019 Holiday party with Minnesota yacht-rocker Jeff Arundel was the bait--JA had released 8 records of original songs, had toured extensively, and was also active as a producer of various artists, including Bryan White, Keri Noble, Billy McLaughlin, and Adrianne Lenker. And "the most unlikely mash-up in Minnesota Music History" was formed and off to the races.
"Hope's Eternal" is a top album by two top musicians who really have nothing left to prove in the music world, but still do so without hesitation in every song on this beautiful album."
"In a world where it isn't easy to stand out, on Hope’s Eternal, The Scarlet Goodbye takes their listener's hand and guides them through a vast and bright world, not only ahead but previously lived in."
– ROOTS MAGAZINE
"Dan Murphy and veteran producer and songwriter Jeff Arundel didn't set out to have one of the most buzz-worthy new rock bands in town. They've done just that, though, through classic songwriting chemistry and tasteful know-how on their group's debut LP, offering many lushly arranged, contemplative heart-tuggers as 'Rosary' and 'Fresh New Hell' alongside a few fun barroom rockers like 'Sandy.'"
– STAR TRIBUNE