By Luke Sital-Singh
Suitably impressed by his recent support slots on tour with both Fossil Collective and The Staves I wanted to say some more about Luke Sital-Singh. His music is deceptively simple and the seamless shift of emotion in his songs an increasing source of sonic hypnosis for me of late. After the first of those gigs I wanted to give his EP a listen to see how stripped back he left the music for the studio recordings and to see if he still managed to convey the raw energy and edge of his live sets. He didn't let me down. Although the EP is definitely more rounded and smoothed out the production still allows the pain and introspection - the blood and guts of his music - through.
"Fail for you" has soothingly mellow vocals that wrap around a simple guitar rolls below. There's an autumnal feel and if there are different sides to Luke's music then this is definitely his beautiful side. Not just in the lyrics but in the structure to the song overall. "Honest man" offers another pure presentation of his voice backed with fittingly stark accompaniment and an understated arrangement to let his voice take centre stage. "You love, you love" offers more of a sense of hope to counter everything falling down, offering balance in his world. Rounding things off is "I have been a fire" which was the track I was most eager to hear after his mighty Brudenell set. This is the best example of Luke making a sweep from the sublime to the grand and showing just how strong his voice can be. You'll barely feel yourself twitch before it hits you as the wistful becomes the empowered.
Look him up, listen to some songs, buy the EP and catch him live when he's back in town. Recent airplay on 6 Music should hopefully mean you get to hear a lot more from Luke in 2013. I can't wait to hear where his sound goes next.
Hudson Taylor (previously Harry & Alfie) are an Irish folk pop duo formed in 2011.