Luke Sital Singh // In Short

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Next week (August 18th) sees the arrival of the long-awaited debut album The Fire Inside from London-born singer/songwriter/and all-around nice guy Luke Sital-Singh.

Produced by Iain Archer (Jake Bugg) it is an album of extraordinary power and brutal candour, its songs riding a rollercoaster of emotions: the hard-won optimism and rousing, never-say-die chorus of ‘Nothing Stays the Same’; the almost unbearable heartache and fragility of ‘Fail For You’; the strummed, confessional intimacy of ‘Cornerstone’ – as well as dramatic contrasts between bare-bones finger-picked guitar and propulsive, massed-harmony euphoria.

Phew. Hey, what can we say? The guy has a great voice and his commitment to his music and craft is impressive. Some people have even been busy calling him the British Bon Iver. We’ll leave that up to you. But his voice has done enough to get him signed quick-like to Parlophone and he’s also made waves during the recent Communion New Faces tour. Whether you catch him alone on stage or backed by a band and choir, Sital-Singh has developed enough of an arsenal in a short space of time to still pack the wow factor.

We dragged him off and made him uncomfortable with these probing questions, which he answered with the thoughtful aplomb that we’re all coming to know and love:

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Family friendly fun

My favourite film ever is…
The Life Aquatic

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Bono

The song I hate the most is…
Songs by Bono

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Golf caddy

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Neil Young (I’d call it Yeil Noung probably…)

My favourite word is…
Rude

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Teleportation

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Anywhere in Iceland, the country not the frozen food shop

I think you should listen to…
The new Tom Petty record

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Dylan back in 1960s Greenwich Village

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Buy: Luke Sital Singh – The Fire Inside

Live: Scala – September 10th