Luke Sital-Singh - 'Dressing Like A Stranger'

7/10

Throughout his tenure, Luke Sital-Singh has stood as one of the more elusive and emotive names on the singer-songwriter scene. His use of warm and tranquil melodies against his own captivating vocals have allowed him to break away from the conventional riff-raff and deliver heartfelt serenades that really strike a chord with the listener. But after relocating to Los Angeles just as the pandemic shut the world down, he found himself in forced isolation with nothing but his own thoughts and choices around him, leading to his fourth studio album 'Dressing Like A Stranger', a record described as his most honest yet.

Recruiting the help of fellow LA-based Londoner Dan Croll and frequent collaborator Old Sea Brigade, 'Dressing Like A Stranger' instantly feels like a man lost within his own mind and looking to come to terms with the new world around him. Maintaining much of the same sweet and compelling direction he has brought to his releases over the last decade, his latest LP has a far rawer and more open scent to it. Breathing life into each of his efforts with some truly magical production, he has an almost renewed sense of wonder about him as he builds upon his formative years with flagrant class.

While not the sombre and tender collection some of the initial cuts led us to believe, 'Dressing Like A Stranger' still has this brilliantly alluring texture to it, something he has always managed to master. He may have taken a bold leap with moving far from his homeland, but his spirit remains as passionate as ever.

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