Today XS Noize is pleased to premiere ‘Another Free Buffet’ by Uncle Luc from his album Simple Songs For Today which is out 31.07.20. Check it out below.
Uncle Luc returns with a stripped-back album made using equipment from the 1960s and 70s. It wasn’t a record that he’d planned but when the virus hit Luke moved from London to the countryside to help out his parents. While there he discovered his father’s collection of old recording equipment. It had been untested in decades but unbelievably all worked so he hit record and began.
The recordings centre around an old Revox 2 track tape machine, Luke’s trusty 1965 Gibson LG-0 acoustic and a 70s Fender Rhodes piano. Luke explains more…
“The concept of the album was to trap the songs as soon as they were written, to not overthink them and not over complicate them with lots of instrument overdubs.”
“It’s easy with digital recording to re-do and endlessly tinker, eventually you can drain the life out of a song. Working on an old tape machine limits you so you have to be more decisive and definite. The title ‘Simple Songs For Today’ came before I even wrote the first song and was something of a mission statement for the type of album I wanted to make. Minimal takes, minimal instruments, simple songs”
Listen to ‘Another Free Buffet’ – BELOW:
The album is something of a collage with spoken word tracks, dreamy surf instrumentals, field recordings and also the typical shiny acoustic pop tunes Luke is known for. Self described as a “miniature album” it covers a lot of textural ground inside it’s 7 songs and is released digitally via Super Fan 99 on 31.07.20. Written and produced by Luke Barham. Sleeve design by award winning illustrator Nicholas Stevenson.
3.Lullaby For the Lonely
4.Another Free Buffet
5.Chef de Groupe
7. We Don’t Have To Leave