LUKE SITAL-SINGH – ” A Womans Work/ American Girl “

Posted: July 31, 2020 in MUSIC
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Luke Sital-Singh is a prolific songwriter. Since 2012 he’s released three full length albums and six EPs, and there aren’t any signs of him taking his foot off the accelerator.

Having released his warmly received third album A Golden State last year, he’s continued along his fruitful journey with New Haze, which also happens to be his seventh EP in eight years.

To state the obvious 2016 has been a fairly quiet year for me. Well publicly anyway. Behind the scenes it’s been all about getting my second album sorted and building a new home for it’s release next year. I can’t wait for 2017 to get started so I can show you everything I’ve been working on. We note how rapidly he’s followed his latest album up with yet more EP, but Luke has no interest in slowing down. “Personally, I feel like it’s too slow,” he explains. “I’m of these two minds where I’m going back to the kind of Patreon model and doing something each month, you know, just chucking stuff out there. There’s part of me that loves taking my sweet time and putting records out slowly, making sure they’re great, but it just doesn’t seem a tenable thing for much longer.

“The idea of making a record once a year to make ten or 12 songs shouldn’t really be that difficult,” he affirms. And in theory, he’s right. As a professional musician, what is there to stand in your way other than the music itself?

But as with many of his contemporaries, the old adage of the traditional recording industry is quickly becoming irrelevant and, in some cases, almost detrimental to the singular goal of releasing music to fans. “The thing that’s frustrating about this industry itself, or at least if you’re doing it in a more traditional way, is all the other fluff around it, like setting up the marketing and making sure that the press has it at the right time. That’s what tends to delay things,” he says. Indeed, despite releasing his debut album on Parlophone in 2014, Sital-Singh has stayed loyal to independent record labels and focussed almost entirely on output, rather than pandering to old fashioned release cycles. “If you want to be cynical about it and you look at some of the stats on Spotify – people barely keep streaming until the end [of an album], they listen to four or five tracks and they move on. So, you start to think ‘Should I just do EPs? What’s the point in doing records?’ And then you go, ‘Oh yeah, but no one will write about it if it’s not a record!’”

On New Haze, the Londoner-via-LA has come full circle. Whereas A Golden State was recorded at Jackpot Studios in Portland, Oregon – famously set up by Elliott Smith and utilised by the likes of REM and The Decemberists – and produced Tommy McLaughlin to create a “big and warming” album, using vintage ribbon mics and old Harmony acoustics, this new quartet of songs echoes the approach heard on his early Fail For You and Tornados EPs.

As a little teaser,  I’ve released two new cover recordings today. They are covers of two of my favourite songs – This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush and American Girl by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

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