Luke Saxton is a name you should be hearing a lot more about in the weeks, months and years ahead. Still only 19 years old, the prolific York singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer has written some 400 songs from a very early age. But now he has managed to condense this huge well of creativity down into nine tracks and they will comprise his debut album Sunny Sadness.
Set to be released later on this month and written and recorded entirely by Saxton himself, Sunny Sadness is a sumptuous pop album and those good people at the York independent record label Bad Paintings have now given GIITTV an exclusive premiere of the record’s remarkable title track.
On Sunny Sadness, Saxton marries an almost childlike innocence with crumpled world weariness as he plays out a study in loneliness over the most obliquely breezy of pop melodies. And then just as the song appears to approach its natural conclusion, Sunny Sadness drifts off into an extended coda that would not have been remotely out of place on The Beach Boys’1970 album Sunflower.
The album Sunny Sadness will be released on 24th November 2014 through Bad Paintings and The Inkwell, the York vinyl record and book shop.
Ahead of the release of the album Luke Saxton is playing a series of live dates:
Tues 11th November – YORK @ The Duchess
Sun 16th November – LONDON @ The Lexington
Wed 19th November – MANCHESTER @ The Night & Day Café
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