Luke Temple to release Snowbeast
Up-and-coming Brooklyn-based songwriter Luke Temple lit the indie music world on fire with his last effort Hold a Match For a Gasoline World, grabbing the attention of both major media outlets and many notable performers like Sufjan Stevens and Ben Gibbard. Luke’s latest effort, Snowbeast (August 21, 2007; Mill Pond Records), is already being touted as his greatest achievement to date, and frankly, we can’t help but completely agree.
Artist: Luke Temple
Release date: 08/21/07
Label: Mill Pond Records
Buy at: Amazon
Snowbeast gives listeners an intimate look into Temple’s brilliant mind. Recorded on an old eight-track in his Brooklyn bedroom, Snowbeast is certainly the much-lauded Temple’s greatest effort yet, and is undoubtedly one of the greatest singer-songwriter efforts in quite sometime. From the album’s quirky and catchy opener “Saturday People” to the sweet and serene “People Do”, Temple’s songbird vocals and genius instrumentation create a listening experience that feels like an expedition—a rugged journey through the beautiful wilderness of Temple’s mind and the World around us.
Luke is somewhat of a modern transcendentalist. His songs at times seem like organisms of some greater design—analog instruments layering atop one another to create beautiful inter-weaving parts that live, breathe, and take on lives of their own. There’s a universal connection in just about everything Luke writes—and even if you don’t connect directly with a tune on the first listen, chances are it will find some way to affect you, and you will find some way to be affected by it.
Luke is not so much concerned with hidden worlds but with the landscape of the one around us. The concrete world is a series of relationships. Form is established by its relationship to empty space. There will always be tension and release in an unending line as long as there is no border. Life surprises most of us, we can never see its composition, our birth is one side of the frame and our death will be the other. A song is the rise and fall of an empire. Like seeing the world from a plane...
Luke doesn't understand what any of this means but is trying his best to figure it out.
He grew up in Manchester, Mass. He attended the school of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston. He moved to New York and found the visual art world a bit too cloistered for his liking so he started singing, singing for the ones without a fighting chance, for the voiceless, for the unheard... well, not really... Mostly because he could and people seemed to like it. He tells little stories. He only understands some of them. More than anything he loves texture, color and surprise.
He put one record out on Mill Pond records in Seattle in 2004 called "Hold a Match For a Gasoline World"; it was was also recently released on Fargo in France and the UK. He toured around the U.S. and some in Europe.
“Luke Temple has one of the most beautiful voices in pop music.” – Sufjan Stevens
“If it were just his songwriting we would be in love with these songs, but there is so much more…” - David Dye, host of World Café
“That guy's great, an amazing songwriter. His voice alone is so damn good -- one of the prettiest voices in all of indie rock, hands down.” – Ben Gibbard, Death Cab For Cutie
“Seattle singer-songwriter Luke Temple's debut is a collection of songs that even the most jaded anti-folk hipster could catch himself humming on the street.” – Rolling Stone
"Snowbeast" by Luke Temple - release date: 08/21/07..