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Luke De-Sciscio – “Always”

11 Aug

Luke De-Sciscio

Such is the life of a new music blogger and so inundated are we with new music that it is entirely possible to forget where you first heard of an artist or a track. Often you can even think you’ve discovered someone new only to find they have been around for ages doing various things with varying success.

We experienced both of those events with just one artist recently when we started listening to Luke De-Sciscio’s latest tune on Soundcloud. ‘Who is this we have discovered’? we wondered. Only to realise that not only had his label actually sent us the track via Soundcloud, that they had even emailed us two weeks ago about the song and indeed, as a quick Google revealed, Luke has been making and recoding music for a few years now and featured on the odd Hype-Machine registered blog from time to time already.

Like we said, so inundated it’s sometimes hard to keep track.

Still, with Google-fu in full swing we determined the following.

A singer-songwriter of Anglo-Italian descent, De-Sciscio has been a solo artist, been a member of Bath-based indie rock band The Dollrats and then a solo artist once more. He cites Jeff Buckley, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush as influences and last year was invited to play ‘An Evening with Jeff Buckley’ the annual tribute show held at Arlene’s Grocery in New York. His music has (randomly – he didn’t even know it was happening) appeared on Hollyoaks (as more and more up and coming artists appear to do so these days) and is about to release his third EP, Rust.

More importantly though, his new track (and the first to be taken from the upcoming EP) is pretty darn excellent. On “Always” De-Sciscio manages to sound like Morrissey, Sivu and mid-90’s indie rockers Mansun all rolled into one. It’s no small feat and one that works surprisingly well. It rocks gently, swirls lightly and grinds just enough. There’s a subtle sense of urgency within, not tense or stressful, but enough to quicken your pulse a touch. The chorus builds and hurtles along like an outpouring of emotion, the vocals pained and raw as cymbals crash and guitars and strings flurry.

It may not be the most original song you’ll hear this week, but originality is overrated, it’s quality that’s important and this is a cracking tune that is worth checking out.

Luke De-Sciscio’s ‘Rust’ EP is due out on 3 September via Source Mountain Records and is available to pre-order now.


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Listen: Summer Camp – “City”

4 Jul

As well as being crazy prolific (this is the third track from their forthcoming EP Always, which in turn follows hot on the heels of their fantastic debut album, Welcome To Condale) Summer Camp also have the capacity to surprise. Hands up who expected them to release a track featuring a rap from Odd Future’s Hal Williams (aka Pyramid Vritra)? Exactly, none of you.

Yet here we are, listening to the new song with a gaping hole on the side of our head where our mind has been blown. According to The Guardian Williams asked to remix one of their tracks and on receipt of “City”, he recorded a verse which they loved and kept.

To be honest, we are not 100% convinced by the rap, the swearing especially feels out of place but even without the guest verse, the track is brilliant. Elizabeth Sankey’s voice soars over the dark, evocative synths and is quite probably her finest performance so far. We have no idea where the video for this will go, and given recent form it could go practically anywhere, but we see Elizabeth on the dark streets of an 80’s era New York, surrounded by flashing neon signs, steam pouring up from the subway below and her vocal flying up into the night sky. We’ll be claiming royalties if that’s where they go with it.

Take a listen to “City” below.

Always is out 9 July via Moshi Moshi and you can pre-order signed copies on CD or blue vinyl

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Listen: Summer Camp – “Life”

17 May

Our love affair with Summer Camp shows no signs of abating with the release yesterday of brand spanking new track, “Life”. Showcased throughout their recent UK tour and taken from their forthcoming EP, Always (yes, that means MORE new material to get excited about) it is a love letter scribbled on disco parchment. Like Donna Summer but with less warbly vocalising and much more heart-melting lyricism.

Take a listen and mark 9 July on your calendars for the EP release so you can start counting down the days.

Always is out 9 July via Moshi Moshi.

Read More
Welcome to the community: Interview with Summer Camp
Watch: Summer Camp covers Bombay Bicycle Club
Watch: Summer Camp – “Losing My Mind”
Albums Of The Year – Part 1
Watch: Summer Camp’s New Video – “Down”