Male songwriters are two a penny these days and so Londoner Luke Sital-Singh has a bit of a challenge to break into the pack. Well… he does. What Singh does is to mix a fascinating blend that gives him his own spot. The songwriting genre is my favourite thing. My problems with the current batch is two fold; the ones that are two traditional in their craft, adding nothing fresh to those from the peak time of the early seventies; and the ones that are adding so much to the art that the strength of the traditional values are smothered beneath the noise! Sital-Singh gets it near perfect.
There should be no surprise when you hear that Iain Archer is his producer. Northern Ireland born Archer, a member of Tired Pony, has been acclaimed for his work with Jake Bugg and Snow Patrol. However, a songwriter in own right Archer has this astonishing gift for the catchiest of melodies but also the innate ability to be able to imagine what to do with these sounds to make them more interesting without losing the vital immediacy! He does this superbly with Sital-Singh’s work.
From percussion, to the plethora of imaginative ways to use a guitar, to the variety of intriguing harmonies and the battered brass of the piano led Lilywhite, Archer and Sital-Singh shift pace and mood at will and it all gives Sital Singh’s emotive voice opportunity after opportunity to share thoughts on life (Nothing Stays The Same), honest confession (I Have Been A Fire), marriage (Greatest Lovers) and society (21st Century Heartbeat). You are made feel that this is familiar and comfortable yet you’ve never heard it before. Somewhere between Bon Iver and Foy Vance Luke Sital Singh has made a debut record that gives him his own place in the milieu.