The US art-rock sextet ACKLAND will be releasing their eponymous LP in March.
The first song to surface from the album being, Rain, which was also released as a standalone single on the 26th.
The track which enters from the speakers with a somnambulistic demeanor flows softly through the room in quiet pacing with the bowed strings giving the composition a spectral temperament as piano and strummed strings add to the sense of something that is not quite of this world, while the vocal affords the song even more sense of the ethereal and it is only the percussion which assures the audience, in denouement, the passing two hundred and twenty two seconds were not a figment of their imagination.
There is little to hear, for those of us who haven’t had the opportunity to see them live, though on the sparsity of what there is around to listen to, which consists of three live tracks one of which is Rain plus the studio version of Rain, I am already looking forward to the album.
Having formed about a year ago The Luka State have already made a significant impact with appearances internationally as well as a couple of releases behind them and a further single Rain set for availability on the 7th July.
The Luka State have added a dash of folk to rock and roll to produce a sound that has punch in a velvet glove as, whilst the there is a pugilism to the music, they are wrapped inside complexities of melodies and whimsy to the rock derivatives, which captivates the ears. Whilst the compositions are stretching for the players the trio are able to transfer this to an out-put which has a lightness of touch, that allows the audience to enjoy the music, not having to unravel the textures.
Their pure enjoyment and pleasure at being touring and creative musicians is palpable in the music, which, whilst being finely crafted doesn’t come across as aloof. I hope that The Luka State can retain this connection between themselves, their creativity and the audience in the future.