www.luketan.com for previous releases.
Subtle, dense and moving, "Untitled" is a collection of songs from master songwriter Luke Tan, featuring hauntingly beautiful piano interludes by "KC" Uhlmeyer interspersed between narratives of sadness told in the classic dark collar Luke Tan fashion. Here's a breakdown of the songs:
Deliverance (confessions of a junkie): A street-wise depiction of addiction and the lengths one goes to confront it. The dark bottom heavy distorted guitar riffs add to the tension of a man and what he will do to satisfy his cravings.
Take + Leave #3: A well-crafted eulogy to a love that should be lost. Featuring great violin work by Andrej Kurti.
Let Me See (don't): An emotionally charged lament of betrayal, both personal and intrapersonal, how the desire to see the truth can ruin everything, and the desire to make things how they used to be. Also featuring the famous violinst Andrej Kurti.
Radiation Blues: A first person account of the pain, both emotionally and physically, invovled with being treated for, and dying from, cancer. Oddly perhaps the most 'catchy' song on the album.
The Snake That Speaks Through The Burning Bush: Remember Abraham? The Burning Bush? Well, if something was speaking to GW Bush, this is what it would say. Heavy distortion helps you realize the voice that is speaking (hint, it ain't God).
A Song For Albert Parsons: Although perhaps a little delayed, a song to give honor to the labor martyr Albert Parsons, who was hung for his attempts to have people be treated like people, instead of slaves. The "bread is freedom, freedom bread" quote is from Mr. Parsons speech given to the judge and jury before his sentencing.
Keep Me: A stripped down love song, an appeal to a lover to hang on for better or worse.
A great album, all in all. Get it before everyone else does!
Everyone wants to know about Luke Tan. Well, here you go:
You probably don't know Luke Tan. He doesn't live near you. He is not hip. He doesn't work a minimum wage job, in fact he doesn't work at all. He's about as much Bukowski as he is Ghandi. He doesn't have a phone, a TV, a tie, a baby, a rap sheet, or societal obligations. He won't pay war taxes. He barters work for wood and food. He plays honest, authentic, genuine folk music.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Piano Interlude #1
3. Piano Interlude #2
4. Take + Leave #3
5. Let Me See (don't)
6. Piano Interlude #3
7. Radiation Blues
8. The Snake That Speaks Through The Burning Bush
9. Piano Interlude #4
10. A Song For Albert Parsons
11. Keep Me
12. Piano Interlude #5