About a month ago, we were introduced to a self-releasing songwriter from South East London. Since, we’ve been brooding for more because his debut body of work is a solemn and beautiful. LUCA presented ‘Wales’, the first track to be released from his debut album. His falsetto mists over the intricate acoustic instrumentation, rising and rising on a curl of chorus as horns sweep in like a call to arms.
Born somewhere in the grey-sprawl of suburban London, he spent his childhood studying poetry and literature; devouring the words of Thomas, Larkin and Yeats and living vicariously through the mad dreams of the book-characters he loved.
Teaching himself to play guitar after hearing Leonard Cohen’s ‘Suzanne’, he began writing songs in his late teens. But, he found their simplicity empty, thinking that they asked no great questions of the world. Whilst living in a cellar in an indistinct seaside town he found his voice; the wailful choral outpouring which has come to be his blazon, and with it, also, the beginnings of the words which have come to be his songs.
His voice is a rare mix of the soulful and the operatic. His metier; ethereal dream-folk melodies which tell simple stories, rising to soaring choruses. His lyrics pose honest questions, demanding the listener address the unmentioned troubles that lie just at the edge of everything we know.
Luca’s debut album is currently being recorded with Bristol-based producer Dan Brown. Speaking about ‘Wales’, he said, “It’s the story of not being quite ready when you find the thing you truly love, and just missing out on it. Later realising that that’s alright; because for a while you had it and that was a very special thing indeed.”