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Highland musician Nicky Murray's dream his single inspired by Netflix drama makes it onto show's final series


By Margaret Chrystall

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A HIGHLAND musician hopes his song inspired by a Netflix drama might find its way onto the show for its final series next year.

Nicky Murray – who performs regularly in the Highlands and leads a songwriters’ circle in Inverness – releases the single digitally tomorrow.

The song Atypical is inspired by – and named after – the coming of age drama about autistic teenager Sam Gardner and his family which has had three series screened so far on Netflix.

Musician Nicky Murray who was inspired by Netflix drama Atypical.
Musician Nicky Murray who was inspired by Netflix drama Atypical.

Nicky said: “Everyone is binge-watching Netflix shows and we ended up watching Atypical, which is about a teenager who is autistic.

“I have spent a fair bit of time with some autistic kids and you get to know the way that they perceive the world and it has always fascinated me – their kind of truth.

“So we took to the show and it was very moving. It was very moving and I like to be moved by any kind of art, but to be moved by film or TV is new to me. It’s always been music before.”

Nicky – whose last release Wintermore came out in 2018 – found himself writing about the Atypical characters in the song. He sings and plays guitar with harmonies provided by his friend, musician Emma Gillespie.

In the series, Sam Gardner – who is played by actor Keir Gilchrist – is supported by his mum, dad and sister Casey.

Nicky said: “I just started to write a song from the main character’s point of view and then each family member had a different verse and chorus about their relationships. The song is about all the different dynamics. If Sam is upset, Casey’s version of a cuddle is to sit on the other side of his bed as a lot of autistic folk can’t deal with touch, it can be too much for them. That is as comforting to him as a hug. One of the lines is ’She comes when I need her … sits on my bed, it’s a distance I prefer’.”

The single comes with artwork by musician and Nicky’s partner, Chloe Rodgers, whose design nods to Atypical character Sam’s fascination with penguins.

The single artwork created by Chloe Rodgers which references Atypical hero Sam's love of penguins.
The single artwork created by Chloe Rodgers which references Atypical hero Sam's love of penguins.

Nicky says the song “kind of poured out of me” because he was moved by the story, but his hopes that the song might appear on the show came later.

“The dream I suppose would be to have the song on the fourth and final season of the show, or something to do with that. Maybe it will get to someone who has a connection with Atypical, who hears it and will pass it on,” he said. “The chances are probably so minimal – but why not try?”

Find Atypical now on Spotify, iTunes and other digital platforms.


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