Album Review: Luke Sital-Singh – ‘Tornadoes’


In an age where music is plagued by over-production, 808s and dwindling sincerity, Luke Sital-Singh provides an oasis of calm for the British music scene. His third release, ‘Tornados EP’, is chilling and inspiring; a mellifluous soundtrack to a crisp November stroll, perhaps. With previous recognition from The Guardian heralding the 25-year-old as a potential “British Bon Iver”, his latest four-track offering could indeed propel him to heights just as worthy.

With a rich, fuller sound than his other works, Sital-Singh escapes the parameters often associated with an acoustic artist. Allowing drums to pulsate and layered vocals to swirl, the record immerses you with ‘How To Lose A Life’ building up to a towering, festival-sing-along denouement. The troubadour’s endearing quality is not lost either, with his vulnerability and charm fully retained in the EP’s quieter moments, ‘Nearly Morning’ and ‘Tornado Town’.

However, the unequivocal triumph on ‘Tornados EP’ is found in ‘Nothing Stays The Same’. While support from BBC Radio 1 is bringing the song to the ears of many, the lyrics manifest Sital-Singh’s impassioned voice and enraptured soul; “get your heart pounded” follows “we all hurt, we all lie”. Escalating from melody to choral cries, Ben Howard, Frank Turner and Daughter all spring to mind.

Overall, ‘Tornados EP’ manages to excite and stir, while nuances intelligently connect all four songs together as a true body of work. The motif of time is explored by Sital-Singh; he of course repeats that “nothing stays the same” at the EP’s outset, yet admits paradoxically that “nothing has changed; we’re still the same” in the last song. The spiralling, incessant, natural quality of a ‘tornado’ could therefore not be more of an appropriate title.

‘Tornados EP’ by Luke Sital-Singh is available now on Parlophone Records.

Louis Browne

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