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Luke Sital-Singh / December 2018 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 5th November 2018 at 9:00 am
 

We’ve heard a rumour that currently Bristol-based singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh is about to uproot to decamp closer to TGTF Towers. (Well, okay, he’s moving to the other side of America but still, that feels closer to me, okay?) If you live in the UK, the last chance for you to see him perform live in your country will be next month, in a handful of gigs in England. Tickets to the following four shows – one in the North of England, the rest in the South – are on sale now and listed below. He also has scheduled shows in Hamburg (the 17th) and Berlin (the 18th). Sital-Singh’s current single ‘The Last Day’, which was released the week of Halloween. You can view all of our past coverage on Sital-Singh and his music through here.

Wednesday 5th December 2018 – Brighton Unitarian Church
Friday 7th December 2018 – Manchester Sacred Trinity
Monday 10th December 2018 – Bristol Rough Trade
Wednesday 12th December 2018 – London St. Pancras Old Church

 

Live Gig Video: watch Luke Sital-Singh’s talk and performance from TED2018

 
By on Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

Back in April, singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was invited to speak and perform at the TEDtalk conference TED2018. From an explanation by Sital-Singh himself, I understand that the husband of celebrated American writer Amy Krouse Rosenthal found incredible solace in Sital-Singh’s song ‘Killing Me’. In case you need a refresher, the inspiration for the English singer/songwriter when writing the song was his grandmother’s deep and enduring love for her late husband. Carrie goes into much more depth on the single; read what she had to say through here.

In the video from the conference in Vancouver back in April below, you can watch Sital-Singh performing ‘Afterneath’ and ‘Killing Me’ with only his own piano notes to accompany his beautiful voice. He also speaks in between the tunes, eliciting laughs when he admits he enjoys a depressing song. Watch, listen and enjoy the stirring performance below. The artist’s second album ‘Time is a Riddle’ is out now on Raygun Music; you can read my review of the long player . For all of our past coverage on Luke Sital-Singh on TGTF, go here.

 

Live Gig Video: Lisa Hannigan and Luke Sital-Singh duet on ‘Prayer for the Dying’ for 7 Layers Sessions

 
By on Friday, 19th January 2018 at 4:00 pm
 

If someone were to ask me to name my “dream duet” vocal combination, singer/songwriters Lisa Hannigan and Luke Sital-Singh would surely be high on my list individually, but I’m not sure it would occur to me pair their voices together. Fortunately for all of us avid listeners, someone else did think of it, and the kind curators at 7 Layers have made the dream a reality. In the live video below, Hannigan and Sital-Singh harmonise on a stripped back acoustic guitar arrangement of Hannigan’s ‘Prayer for the Dying’, which appeared on her exquisite 2016 album ‘At Swim’. Read our review of the LP through here.

Filmed for 7 Layers Sessions by Johnny Marchetta, the spare, intimate quality of the imagery in this video reflects the deeply introspective beauty of the song’s sustained vocal melodies. But the true highlight of the performance is the way Hannigan and Sital-Singh blend their voices to stunning technical perfection in the simple yet emotionally evocative chorus. Sital-Singh’s new EP ‘Just a Song Before I Go’ is available now via Raygun Records. You can read TGTF’s past coverage of Luke Sital-Singh right back here. Our extensive previous coverage of Lisa Hannigan is collected through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2422: Luke Sital-Singh

 
By on Monday, 14th August 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Luke Sital-Singh has just unveiled a new promo video for the title track to his recent album ‘Time is a Riddle’. This simple visual representation, directed by Jamie Carter, finds our singer/songwriter hero playing piano alone in a church, and the setting is reflective of the religious imagery weaving through his lyrics: “holy, holy, holy God above / something must have happened to you love / and no one has an answer good enough / suddenly a weight has left me . . .”

The simple chordal nature of the piano arrangement is highlighted by recurring shots of hammers striking the strings inside the instrument, while the insistent ticking percussion keeps us mindful of the song’s main theme: the ephemeral nature of time. Sital-Singh’s most existentially captivating lyric, ironically, comes near the end of the song, when he wonders “will there come a finish line / when we finally realise / no one ever thought to start the clock?”

You can watch the video for ‘Time is a Riddle’ just below; the full album of the same name is available now via Raygun Records. TGTF’s previous coverage of Luke Sital-Singh, including editor Mary’s review of the album, can be found through here.

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Album Review: Luke Sital-Singh – Time is a Riddle

 
By on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Steve GullickLuke Sital-Singh Time is a Riddle album cover

We live in an age of quickly changing technologies and the reality that our fast-paced lives are intertwined with them. However, there are some people who are trying to hold on to time-honoured traditions and processes so they can be passed on to future generations. In Britain, there’s also a whole Slow Movement artisans are taking part in. Bristol-based singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was naturally attracted to these craftspeople, his fiercely independent nature nicely aligning with their goals. On ‘Time is a Riddle’, his sophomore full-length effort out this Friday, he eyes up the difficulties in relationships with both maturity and grace. It’s been 3 years since his emotionally rich and well-received debut album for Parlophone in 2014, ‘The Fire Inside’.

For this record, Luke Sital-Singh set off for the West Irish town of Donegal, recording the songs in his own terms with ex-Villagers touring band member and producer Tommy MacLaughlin. Local Irish musicians were recruited to fill out the band; completion of the tracks took place over a swift 10 days, recorded live and without heavy overdubbing. Sital-Singh wanted to embrace “playing and singing at the same time in this lovely big live room, with so much bleed, just the way records used to be made”, as far away from the cumbersome, unpleasant process making ‘The Fire Inside’ as he could get. His talented lino printmaker wife Hannah Cousins even contributed the album’s beautiful cover art that looks reminiscent of days gone by.

The result is a collection of songs of incredible emotional depth that will undoubtedly age well long after the new synth controllers we consider exciting now are deemed old news. The singer/songwriter admits ‘Innocence’ is unusually optimistic for him: it’s sweepingly gorgeous, as if you’re walking through the mists of time, the ivories twinkling alongside Luke Sital-Singh’s uplifting vocals. ‘Hunger’, which we previously featured in as this previous Video of the Moment, appears to be a tender song about overcoming depression, with the lyrics “finally I get to see the light breaking through the cracks”, and the pushing forward in each day with “even though I know it gets harder and harder / to live like the wind’s at your back”. Another previously unveiled number, single ‘Killing Me’, is the artist’s retelling of his own grandmother’s poignant remembrances of and feelings of loss towards her late spouse. Whether the subject matter is life or death, Sital-Singh has a deft hand in conveying emotion and in a way that comes across entirely as genuine.

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On his newest single ‘Oh My God’, Luke Sital-Singh pledges his steadfast loyalty to his partner. On the almost dirge ‘Slow Down’, he breaks down his feelings quite simply: “slow down / you’re my love, darling / that’s enough, darling”. Album standout ‘Cynic’, full of beautiful soulful harmonies and heart-wrenching yelps, sees the songwriter trying to discount faith and any certainty of the road that lies ahead. He tries to convince himself “love is just chemicals in my brain”, before his full-on disbelief in the power of love: “I don’t know where I stand / the ground beneath is quicksand / the laws of physics bend when you touch my hand”. A much needed moment of contrast is proffered in ‘Rough Diamond Falls’, which has a harder, bluesier feel that benefits from electric guitar twangs and gospel vocal harmonising.

Luke Sital-Singh has the kind of smoky voice that works well with the folky, singer/songwriter style he chose early on his career, inspired by the likes of Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. While one could argue that the South London-bred artist never steps out of his comfort zone on ‘Time is a Riddle’, as the saying goes, when it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

8/10

‘Time is a Riddle’, Luke Sital-Singh’s second album, is out this Friday, the 12th of May, on Raygun Records/Red Essential. He will be on tour this month in the UK starting tomorrow, the 9th in Tobermory, through to the 26th in Exeter before dates on the Continent. His support act will be Northern Ireland’s Ciaran Lavery. We’ve been told that he’s made short films with glass artists, denim designers and more from the Slow Movement, and these videos will be unveiled soon. To read more of TGTF’s coverage on Sital-Singh, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2348: Luke Sital-Singh

 
By on Tuesday, 25th April 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Luke Sital-Singh is gearing up to release his second album next month. ‘Time is a Riddle’ will drop on the 12th of May on Raygun Music / Red Essential. It follows his well-received debut album ‘The Fire Inside’, which was released back in 2014. I had already taken from his first teaser from the album, single ‘Killing Me’, as a sign that despite his still relatively young age, he’s becoming wistful for the past. You can read Carrie’s review of the single through here, and its accompanying promo video in this past Video of the Moment feature here on TGTF.

His latest offering from ‘Time is a Riddle’ offers another glimpse back in time, but maybe not exactly how you might have imagined it. In the promo for ‘Killing Me’, Sital-Singh utilised digitised film from his wife’s late grandfather shot in the 1970s as the backdrop for his single. In his new promo for ‘Hunger’, he used far more familiar environs – the kitchen of his own flat in Bristol – and is seen filmed via Super 8 camera by Babysweet. The result is a simplistic piece of film that puts the attention squarely all on the musician, with minimal distractions. Watch the video for the sweepingly beautiful ‘Hunger’ below. To read more of TGTF’s past coverage on Luke Sital-Singh, follow this link.

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