We first tipped you to Londoner Luke Sital-Singh last summer with the release of his debut EP we described as "blissful folk hymns that fall somewhere between the acoustic pomp of Damien Rice and the moody falsetto laments of Justin "Bon Iver" Vernon. Since then, Sital-Singh has opened for Martha Wainwright, played SXSW, wowed critics and brought his own pin-drop inspiring songs to countless clubs around the U.K. This is, after all, the young man who opined that "good music should lock your feet and jaw to the floor." New four-track Old Flint EP expands on the promise of his extraordinary debut and once again renders the term "folk music" as hopelessly inadequate. "Inaudible Sigh" exemplifies Sital-Singh's use of dramatic spacious atmospheres and his own soaring vocals, haunting and powerful. Says Luke: "These songs although written over many years were all brought together at one time and in one place, an old flint barn in Sussex and I hope something of those homely old walls can be felt in the songs and in the singing.” Stream and watch the video for "Bottled Up Tight" after the jump...
“Good music”, says Luke Sital-Singh, “should lock your feet and jaw to the floor”. On the evidence of the four beautifully crafted tracks that have emerged so far, such a feat should not be a problem for the hotly-tipped London troubadour.
24-year-old Luke was born in the South West London town of New Malden, home place of folk legend John Martyn. The youngest of 3 brothers, Luke’s parents encouraged their sons to pick up musical instruments from an early age. Luke started on the violin aged 11 but soon picked up his brother’s guitar and has never looked back.
Luke’s first collection of songs opens with the heart wrenching ‘Fail For You’ – a track comprising of beautifully layered vocal harmonies, all provided by Luke himself and showcases his love and complete understanding of the understated complexity of acts like Sigur Ros and Bon Iver.
Citing Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Ritter and Damien Rice as his other major influences, Luke’s sound is warm, immersive and crafted in such a way which suggests an innate ability to transcend his idols and, in the vain of all great singer songwriters, create something completely unique and compelling within the genre.
Having already been tipped by the Guardian as “breathing life into a tired form” Luke is currently busy gigging around London, silencing every audience he plays to and rapidly gathering fans wherever he goes. On the basis of this self released set of songs, Luke Sital-Singh is one to watch out for, a refreshing talent set to re establish the boundaries of what one man and a guitar are capable of.