Introducing an English original... Luke Smith plays piano just about every night in one or another of Canterbury's pubs and bars. But he also takes time off to write his own songs - miniatures instantly recognisable through their sharp glimpses of ordinary life and relationships. Luke's voice is his own. It's not wrong, it's just different - the voice of an artist who refuses to pretend to be something he is not.
"A 3-track demo tape from 20-year old
blues-pop pianist Luke Smith first drew me into his world, and I succumbed
at once to its DIY charm. Canterbury's least hip & most happening act
records in his bedroom with Dave the drummer as his sole collaborator (though
Luke does make additional forays on electric guitar, bass and Wurlitzer).
Does he come more from the traditions of punk or the music halls? It's
irrelevant really. What matter are the songs: passionate, angst-ridden,
funny, sad, self-inspecting, cunning, naive, accurate - and always quintessentially
English. I love them lo-fi, the way Luke makes them. And I had to release
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