Luke Sital-Singh

Luke Sital-Singh

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

“Good music”, says Luke Sital-Singh, “should lock your feet and jaw to the floor”. On the evidence of the two beautifully crafted EPs so far, as well as the positive reviews of his live performances, it looks like such a feet isn't as hard as you might think for the hotly-tipped troubadour.

Biography

“Good music”, says Luke Sital-Singh, “should lock your feet and jaw to the floor”. On the evidence of the two beautifully crafted EPs that have been created so far, as well as the plethora of positive reviews of his live performances, it looks like such a feet isn't as hard as you might think for the hotly-tipped London troubadour.

25-year-old Luke was born in the South West London town of New Malden, hometown 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 violin aged 11, but soon picked up his brother's guitar and has never looked back.

Luke's first EP 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. The track was featured on ABC drama 'Grey's Anatomy' in December 2012.

Citing Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Josh Ritter and Damien Rice as his 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 been tipped by the Guardian in 2012 as “breathing life into a tired form”, Luke proceeded to gig around London, silencing every audience he played to and rapidly gathering fans; he supported both The Staves and Fossil Collective on their UK tours.

In 2013, Luke embarked on tours supporting Martha Wainwright, Kodaline and Villagers before a series of well-received shows in the USA at Austin's SXSW Festival, in Los Angeles and even at the Facebook HQ. Upon his return, and coinciding with the release of his second EP 'Old Flint', Luke commenced his own headline tour of the UK, including a sold-out four show residency around London.

His second EP, 'Old Flint', opens with the single 'Bottled Up Tight', which was playlisted on Radio 1 and gained a spot in The CW Television Network's series 'The Vampire Diaries'. In the remaining three tracks, Luke's unmistakeable vocals add immediate emotional impact to his poignant lyrics.

“UNBELIVEABLY GOOD” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music.

“[Fail For You] is so intoxicating. I listen to it 5-10 times a day.” - Jen Long, Radio 1.

“His gentle, tremulous voice is surprisingly gutsy in this sad folk ballad.” Hot Tracks, The Sun.

“[Inaudible Sighs is] a hushed, heart-wrenching, finger-picked stunner.” Culture, Sunday Times.

“Luke Sital-Singh is a cut above the rest.” Critic's Choice (Jonny Ensall), Time Out.

“As soon as we heard this 24-year-old artist's song Fail For You we were knocked out, and it felt as though he was breathing life into a tired form...It's like hearing a bunch of Neil Youngs circa After the Goldrush, harmonising together.” Paul Lester, NBOTD, The Guardian.

“By turns gentle and fierce, allusive and nakedly emotional ['I Have Been A Fire' is] an impressive introduction.” Track Of The Day, Clash.

“Sends shivers up and down our spines...we’re loving every single second of this.” -
Mahogany Music.

“Ryan Adams (circa Heartbreaker if we’re being specific) is the obvious touchstone here
– both in timbre and vocal delivery – but it’s the spare, delicate production that Sital-Singh gently brings to the fore; grabbing you by the jugular with a warm embrace and
smoky delivery.” - The Line of Best Fit.

“Blissful folk hymns that fall somewhere between the acoustic pomp of Damien Rice
and the moody falsetto laments of Justin "Bon Iver" Vernon..."Fail For You" is a
harmonious choral masterwork.” - Direct Current Music.

“[The 'Fail For You' EP is] one of the most beautiful sixteen minutes of music yet to grace this year.” - Beard Rock.

“Falling somewhere amongst the tenderness of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, the guitar
playing of Damien Rice and the vocal honesty of Rufus Wainwright, 'Fail For You' is a
must-listen.” - The Grizzle Review.

“Makes you stare out the window and think, and gives you a new found sense of
perspective.” - Write to the beat

Discography

Fail For You EP, featuring 'Fail For You' (playlisted on BBC 6music, Amazing Radio, XFM etc. Featured on 'Grey's Anatomy') 2012 Raygun Records

Bottled Up Tight EP, featuring 'Bottled Up Tight' (B-list on BBC Radio 1, A-List on Amazing Radio etc. Featured on 'Vampire Diaries')