Luke De-Sciscio has shared details of his debut album, Good Bye Folk Boy, due for release on the 14th March 2020.
The new record is previewed today with a new single, ‘R.O.B.Y.N.’, which can be heard below…
West Country based musician Luke De-Sciscio is a special, striking young talent. Lyrics that read like poetry set to music that disarms in its simplicity. ‘R.O.B.Y.N.’ is a case in point, Luke’s ode to his partner. On top of a guitar arpeggio, his vocal glides from barely a murmur to soaring falsetto to create something far greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a dazzling trick, used to great effect throughout Good Bye Folk Boy.
Robyn’s presence is in every pore of the album: as its inspiration and subject matter. In most cases, she was present during writing and recording, too. “It just wouldn’t have been the same if she wasn’t in the room,” Luke explains. “I know Robyn is a vital part of the process. It’s like having a mirror, and music isn’t a solitary thing. People share external spaces and internal spaces. Robyn and I reflect each other. That’s what love is.”
Luke plays the New Colossus Festival in New York and SXSW in Austin, Texas in March. He headlines SET in Dalston on the 2nd April…
7th February 2020 – The Globe at Hay, Hay-On-Wye.
11th February 2020 – Antigel Festivala, Geneva, Switzerland
March 2020 – The New Colossus Festival, New York
March 2020 – SXSW, Austin Texas
2nd April – SET, Dalston London
De-Sciscio was born and raised on the outskirts of Swindon. He spent his youth roaming around Stanton Country Park, daydreaming, fishing and writing songs. “My dad used to call me Tom Cat, because I only used to come in for food,” he says.
Introduced to the guitar by his grandad, once a guitarist in the RAF band, Luke began writing and recording music in his teens,”My theory was that I knew what I wanted to do, so I just got on with it,” he says.
He moved to Bath, where he met Robyn. As time went by, the couple found themselves owners of a 100-year-old canal boat. It may sound idyllic – and it was, mostly – but it was also tough – no electricity or heating, and a different mechanical problem to contend to each week. Nevertheless, it did give Luke the space to explore his guitar-playing and perfect his songs, jettisoning the confines of his influences and any muddy notion of what he thought he should sound like.
“It was damp, and difficult, but life on the boat was also magical,” he says. “That was when I first heard guitar playing properly. And life became very slow and very focused. When there are so few other distractions, everything changes. We neglected everything but the boat and each other for that first year. It was so slow and so pure.”
It was only for the fact recording music became too challenging on board that the couple headed for dry land, although, as life got easier, productivity ground to a halt;”Songs suffered from not being written in the same environmental head space. Central heating got the better of me, basically. The ability to store cold food … so many things.”
Anyone discovering Good Bye Folk Boy will be met by music that sounds as if it arrived in a dream. There’s a focus and an intensity to songs such as ‘Winsome’, ‘Plumb Loco’ and ‘Two Way Doors’, but the homespun production – or absence of production, to put it another way – gives each of the 11 songs a breezy quality that is impossible to replicate.
“They might be called demos, but there are no demos,” he says. “I find the things I like in my music come from the rawness of the first takes. If I carry on in pursuit of something more polished, all I’m doing is trying to match that and it never works. Everything that comes after is just a reiteration or an impression of what I’ve done before. So much of my progress as a songwriter has been accepting the flaws and seeing that they have value, as much as any stereotypically good or bad elements might.”
The single that introduced him at the end of 2019 was ‘I’m A Dream Fighting Out Of A Man’, which typifies this mindset. It concerns the friction of what someone wants to be versus the reality of what they are, the ideal versus the human, whether that’s swearing off alcohol or a promise never to hurt loved ones pitched against unfortunate life events or less-than-perfect behaviour.
“We’re bound by nature and expectation,” he says. “That song is the clash of the internal world and the external world, but with it, an acceptance, too.”