The English indie-rock band The Luka State released the LP The Price Of Education yesterday.
This had been intended to be a pre-release article, but sadly my organisational skills came to the fore, The Price Of Education does bear relation to the band introduced a year ago, of joy The Luke State have finessed their sound, allowing the music to flow more confidently around the room, the addition of the fourth player enables them to develop the ideas to greater extent.
Opening with Dream #40 an apt title as the thirty nine second introduction of waves of instrumentation lulls the listener into a haven of calm….
…To be shaken out of the reverie by a track that featured in March, the anthemic shoegazy The Believer, which will have you waving your arms in chant.
The third piece is my pick of the release – Hangin’ Round – thumps of ill-mannered bass bounce around the room, whilst percussion chases along the piece, to which The Luka State cleverly utilise a slowly following almost reluctant guitar, whilst the vocal switches between the two paces, giving the track an impressive showcase of musicianship – an idea which could have fallen into a trap of trying to be too clever, results in the exact opposite, displaying the band as highly competent composers, with a sound that settles naturally on the ears and needs immediate replay.
The half-way stage is marked by Feed Your Soul – that finds The Luka State in more measured mood as the music flows in a rock driven format, to which they add their brushes of shoegaze influence, which affords the track various layers of texture, giving the audience plenty to hold attention.
Can’t Bring Myself, which featured in April, is a pleasure to find again, with its foot-stomping rock ‘n’ roll tempo that adds a further dimension to The Price Of Education, with the emphasis on dampers not reverb, and allows the the audience to work their legs in unison, even getting to play air drum-kit.
Daytime TV, explores different avenues for the quartet, opening and closing with megaphoned vocals in a driving blues rock track that I particularly enjoy as it finds The Luka State with a more aggressive stance, into which they suddenly bring in Violins, adding to their repertoire of surprises, which makes them such a pleasure to spend time with. Once again they are able to bring disparity of ingredients to the mixing desk and not confuse, rather leave the listener in delighted mood.
Closing out a fine thirty one minute release – The Price Of Education is Bring This All Together – the shortest track, barring the instrumental opening, at under two minutes fifty, another number of driving bass / percussion, with dreamy guitar and a vocal that could easily be imagined stretching across a big stadium.
There is an advantage in this not being a pre-release review The Price of Education – The Luka State can be purchased immediately on iTunes.*
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