New Release & Video: Luke Sital-Singh – Dressing Like A Stranger / California

Luke Sital-Singh has announced details of new album, Dressing Like A Stranger, and has shared new single
“California.” The LA-based Londoner’s fourth album will be released on September 2nd.

The third track to be lifted from the album, following previous singles “Me & God” and “Blind Missiles”, “California” rides a steady beat and glassy riff towards a warm hook bathed in SoCal sunshine. “The lyrics reflect on the way I live in L.A. compared to the U.K. I thought I would feel different, but I didn’t. I’m the same dude – just wearing shorts more often,” laughs Luke.

The follow-up to 2019’s A Golden State, which preceded his move to Los Angeles, Dressing Like A Stranger was written and recorded in the Golden State, with Luke initially working alone at home in Los Feliz as COVID-19 descended upon the world. He later rented a studio and cut a few songs by himself before enlisting fellow Brit and singer-songwriter Dan Croll as co-producer and Tchad Blake (Fiona Apple, The Black Keys, Elvis Costello) for mixing.

It was the purchase of a rubber-bridge guitar that opened up the songwriting floodgates for Luke. He penned the title track “Dressing Like A Stranger” with the guitar and embraced it as a creative north star. “‘Dressing Like A Stranger’ was the first song I wrote, and it unlocked the whole album,” he recalls. “The guitar has a very specific sound. I didn’t want just to do another ‘singer-songwriter acoustic’ thing. My first album was a shiny pop record, the second album was rawer, and my third album was more lyrical. The sound of the guitar was how I felt now.”

In 2018, Luke was invited to give a TED Talk at the official TED conference in Vancouver, where he spoke about the cathartic effect of writing and performing ‘sad’ songs, a theme that runs throughout his work.

“I’m moved by sad music,” explains Luke. “It makes something beautiful out of something painful. It allows listeners to realize they’re not alone. I’m at a confusing age where I don’t know if I’m doing the right things in my life. I just know I’m Luke, and I made an album.”