Luke Sital-Singh Shares New EP ‘Strange Weather’
June 9, 2023 BY Danielle Romeo
Today, UK troubadour Luke Sital-Singh releases his stunning new EP, Strange Weather, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2022 full-length album Dressing Like A Stranger. Listen here: https://lukesital-singh.ffm.to/hallelujahanyway.
Sital-Singh never quite stops. Instead, he absorbs the momentum of an ever-changing and fast-paced world within his prolific output as a singer, songwriter, and producer.
“In my art, I’m quite happy with how quickly everything moves,” he states. “Doing this job, I struggle with the downtime. I’m a musician, and it always felt silly not to put out a lot of music. I enjoy releasing songs, because it helps me stay more creative and connected to fans. I’ve got all of these tracks, and it felt like the perfect time to share more of them on Strange Weather. It’s just this loose little amalgamation of songs that keep my story going.”
On opener and title track “Strange Weather”, Luke’s vocals weave through bright finger-picked guitar as he laments, “All my favorite spots are closed down, nowhere to go now.”
“Weather is a big metaphor,” he observes. “It affects your mood and how you look at life. Rain makes everything worse. If it’s sunny again, the problems are there, but they seem easier to deal with. I’ve never made note of the atmosphere before. The metaphor carried on for me, because everything was strange after the Pandemic. ‘Strange Weather’ was a summary of the EP and how I felt in general.”
The EP contains three more original Sital-Singh compositions – “My Mind”, “Til The Day I Die”, and new single “Hallelujah Anyway”, which is accompanied by a video filmed in Los Angeles last month with the “Hearts Afire Community Choir Singers,” a local South Los Angeles choir led by director Arnae Batson, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and song leader
The EP closes with a cover of the Radiohead classic “Fake Plastic Trees,” where Luke’s high register recalls the dynamics of the original, yet he also infuses his own nuances of uneasy emotion caught in the wake of distant piano and guitar.
“My oldest brother was super into Radiohead,” he remembers. “The first time I heard them, I was like, ‘You only listen to depressing music!’ With what I do now, the irony of that is not lost on me. So, my earliest memory of Radiohead was trying to get my brother to turn it the fuck off! I obviously came around. I’m super proud of the cover. You can’t beat this kind of songwriting, and the song has always spoken to me. When my brother liked my cover, that was good enough for me.”
Strange Weather follows last fall’s Dressing Like A Stranger, an eleven-song collection penned by Luke after he moved halfway across the globe to Los Angeles just before the world shut down. Throughout the album (his Nettwerk debut), he takes stock of newfound change on many fronts: distance from loved ones (“Rather Be” – a stunning duet with multi-platinum star Christina Perri), the complexities of belief (“Me & God” – named a Best Song Of The Week selection by WNYC upon its release) and, most importantly, his quest to find optimism even on the darkest of days (“Summer Somewhere”). The album has so far gained over 10 million Spotify streams and received praise from NPR Music, Forbes, No Depression, Under The Radar, WNYC and more.
With his growing catalog, Sital-Singh has continued to captivate listeners. Among many highlights, “Call Me When You Land” with Old Sea Brigade gathered 26.9 million Spotify streams, while “Nothing Stays The Same” surpassed 11.7 million Spotify streams. Thus far, he has also performed alongside everyone from Angus and Julia Stone and Martha Wainwright to Passenger and Gregory Alan Isakov, in addition to leading a TED Talk at the official TED Conference.
Luke Sital-Singh – Strange Weather EP Tracklist
01 Strange Weather
02 My Mind
03 Till The Day I Die
04 Hallelujah Anyway
05 Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead Cover)