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Luke Elliot

New York, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

New York, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
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"Album Premiere: Luke Elliot, Provisions"

“There were dozens of revisions – I had a very particular sound in mind, and I think we were very fortunate to capture it here...” - American Songwriter

"Luke Elliot, Provisions"

“An outstanding follow-up to a superb debut, Provisions offers further proof that Luke Elliot is destined to be a force to be reckoned with, and soon...” - No Depression

"Balladen om Luke Elliot"

“Jeg la merke til ham med en gang. Han var annerledes. Satt ved nabobordet, iført lys dress, hvit skjorte og nypussede, beige skinnsko. Kort, mørkt hår...” - VG

"Luke Elliot: Provisions – EP Review"

Luke Elliot – Provisions
5th June 2014

Connecticut singer/songwriter Luke Elliot has been earning his stripes playing between Philadelphia and New York for a number of years, he releases his 2nd EP this May, Louder than War’s Ray Burke has a listen.

Luke Elliot began work on his follow-up to debut EP back in 2011 when he was approached to write a song for the Independent film Benny the Bum. Originally from Philly the singer / songwriter relocated to New York a couple of years ago, starting off in bars and has been working his way up to the larger clubs. His sophomore release Provisions is still built around his skilful piano playing and effective voice but sees a shift towards a more electric sound. Elliot claims he doesn’t like to play a song the same way twice. He more than likely approaches the studio a little differently, but you’re left wondering if the studio might counteractive to how he plays. Opting to get it down quickly when it might be benefit from a more laboured approach.

But the problem here isn’t the how, but what has been recorded. Artists’ do themselves a disservice when the make lofty claims to sounding like others, especially when it’s Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave or Bob Dylan! It builds expectations for the listener, and if it doesn’t deliver, it enhances the negatives.

The EP begins with Benny’s A Bum, a piano based track whose beginning is reminiscent of Tom Waits’ Martha. Elliot might be a fan, but he’s not cut from the same cloth. It’s infuriatingly riddled with cliché after cliché, “blues ties me to the bed” and “tears turned to lead”, the over-familiarity and vapidity makes the track grate quickly. Built as it is around his voice, and sombre piano, this type of composition demands focus on the lyrics, and they sounds like he has undertaken some kind experiment in copying and pasting tried and tested imagery and bundled them together in the hope of attaining some kind of depth, he doesn’t. When he tells us “I got nothing left to sing”, with only one track into the EP you become worried that he may be telling the truth.

Ballad of a Priest has a church organ that veers into a type of carnival music before being beefed up with the theaddition of the full band. The attempts at utilising church and religious imagery as metaphor in the track gets tired very quickly and it becomes apparent that lyrics may not be Elliot’s strong point. It reeks of on an attempt to sound weighty but ends up sounding trite.

Benny’s A Bum is better, written for indie film Benny The Bum (The Best Local Film at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2012) The guitar conjures images of American Independent cinema, a world inhabited by the characters of Hal Hartley or Jarmusch. It feels like it might have been recorded live in the studio, which gives it an air of authenticity, and demonstrates Elliot’s capable and emotive vocal. His gravelly delivery has an impressive range and might give a clue as to why Elliot has picked up a fan base from playing live around New York. It’s music with a heavier rock element, but it’s all by numbers, lame attempts at a kind of avant-garde beating of the piano keys, don’t disguise that it’s a pastiche of many things that isn’t ever realised as one.

I Get It Anyhow starts with an acoustic strum but quickly becomes another blues rock bar room standard. The type of original number you could hear by a band across the globe, with nothing identifiable or unique. The band are solid too, with competent guitar playing and adequate percussion, but really this could be any band, anywhere. Thankfully he perks up a little on final track Virginia. It’s a lively number with Elliot occasionally sounding like Frank Black on one of his more acoustic numbers. It has a ramshackle live feel and is easily the best track on the EP. It’s still a collage of many things without being something uniquely his own, with more of the over familiar symbolism, “I wish I could hear that long whistle blow” but the rousing run through doesn’t make it as noticeable as on other tracks. If this is a live snap shot of what a performance is like it’s apparent why he’s made fans. To move past bar band music into something that’s appreciated on a wider scale, this is going to have to be kicked up a notch.

Elliot no doubt has a certain charisma that dazzles live, he’s built a solid fan base over the years, and has moved from dingy bars to venues of note such as the Mercury Lounge, but unfortunately what makes him unique to fans hasn’t translated to this record. He’s a talented musician with a good voice, and a strong backing band, but there is an abundance of bands that can claim the same. There’s no originality or innovation on these by numbers compositions that show only brief glimpses of possibilities. The band is solid but don’t demonstrate an ability to break out of their New York club confines. The kind of act you would wouldn’t begrudge putting a few dollars in the hat for, but one that wouldn’t find a home on your record player. -

"Smakfull «rock noir»"

Luke Elliots vei til debutplata er en form for Askeladdhistorie. Etter et par EP-er som har gått under radaren, er Dressed For the Occasion et musikalsk lynnedslag.

New Jersey-musikeren ble gjennom norske mellommenn snappet opp av stjerneprodusenten John Agnello, som tidligere har jobbet med storheter som Patti Smith og Sonic Youth – samt norske giganter som Madrugada og Turboneger. Skiva er innspilt i Haldens legendariske studio Athletic Sound, hvor Elliot og Agnello hyret inn det lokale bandet Salmon Smokers for å akkompagnere amerikaneren. De har sammen skapt et fortryllende lydbilde, spekket med snadder for audiofile.

Plata innledes av et småfrekt tyveri av Led Zeppelins Kashmir-riff, men når kompet sparker i gang på åpningslåten Get ‘em While They’re Hot fordufter den mulige koblingen til syttitallets slengbukserock øyeblikk. Elliot tilhører en annen skole – av typen dresskledte og innrøkte urbane poeter med en dragning mot livets mørkere sider.

Jeg vil nødig spy ut en hel masse musikalske referanser, men å utelukke pekepinner som Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen og Tom Waits vil være på grensen til desinformasjon. Elliot har dog definitivt sine særegenheter, og er mer enn summen av sine inspirasjonskilder. Spesielt som låtskriver, der han viser en enorm spennvidde, og ikke er redd for å bruke flerfoldige sjangeruttrykk som redskap for sine nydelige melodier.

Rock, folk og country kombineres med hint av amerikansk vaudeville-tradisjon. Resultatet blir tidløs og universell musikk vi i mangel på et bedre uttrykk, kan kalle «rock noir». Ofte mørk og tidvis dempet, men i neste øyeblikk mektig og majestetisk.

Dressed For the Occasion er tyggegummipopens rake motsetning. Jo lengre du tygger på disse låtene – desto flere lag av smak åpenbarer seg for å stimulere sansene. Dette er musikk som skapt for ensom vandring gjennom tomme og mørke bygater, mens man filosoferer over livets byrder og gleder.

«Norgesvenn» har blitt et belastet uttrykk, men forhåpentligvis kan Elliot snu den trenden. Amerikaneren er et talent av sjelden størrelse, og med Dressed For the Occasion slår han ut i full blomst allerede på debutplata – hvis høye nivå er såpass jevnt at jeg bevisst nekter å trekke frem høydepunkter. Hør den i sin helhet. - iTromsø


Dressed for the Occasion - 2015

Privisions - 2014

Death of a Widow - 2010



A distinctive voice, exuberant live performances and profound writing style; Luke Elliot is steadily proving to be a force reckoned with in a competitive musical landscape. The audience is clear this New Jersey rock & roller is a raw talent, he is the next Nick Cave, Chris Isaak, Leonard Cohen or Jerry Lee Lewis. Elliot has blown his entire audience away ever since he first exploded on the Norwegian music scene less than a year ago. With an initial launch in Norway, Luke’s success is predicted to grow, and take the rest of the world by storm, by anyone who gets to experience his music. 

The new streaming service, Tidal, has already named him one of their top 5 artists of 2015 and presented him under the coveted “Tidal Rising” brand, and the renowned Norwegian artist Knut Schreiner has publicly praised and endorsed Elliot as a result of the cogent experience Schreiner had after attending Elliot’s first Oslo performance in 2014 (Read the article HERE). 

Elliot has spent most of 2015 touring Norway performing at notable venues and festivals including Rockefeller Music Hall, and two days under the prestigious Norwegian Wood festival. And now, the time has come for him to release his debut LP “Dressed For The Occasion”. An album produced by no other but the indie icon, John Agnello, whose resume include work with legendary artists such as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Patti Smith, Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs.

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