The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Performing: Luke Sital-Singh
This event is for over 14s only - No refunds will be issued for under 14s.
The follow-up to his 2014 debut ‘The Fire Inside’, ‘Time Is A Riddle’ was recorded in Attica Audio studio in Donegal with producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers). McLaughlin recruited a small group of local musi-cians, with Luke and the band slotting together effortlessly to record the album in ten days.
“There were big windows looking over the hills of Donegal, and it was raining the whole time, which was per-fect for me,” says Luke. “We were playing and singing at the same time in this lovely big live room, with so much bleed, just the way records used to be made.”
The first single from ‘Time Is A Riddle’ is the spine-tingling ‘Killing Me’, which has already racked up over half a million streams on Spotify. A song Luke wrote for his Grandmother, the track is accompanied by an evocative, home-made, typically personal video.
“It’s cut from digitised cine films that my wife’s late grandfather shot in the Seventies. They were only sent to us recently because her parents were in the process of moving to Vancouver. When I watched them, the nostalgic nature and the parallels with both our grandparents, it just felt tonally right, and a little note of ser-endipity. So I edited them together and that’s what we’ve got.” Watch here.
Sticking with the family theme, the album’s vivid artwork is a lino print by illustrator and printmaker Hannah Cousins, Luke’s wife. The cover image began as a photograph of a wind-bent tree in Donegal, before Cous-ins set patiently to work.
“The lino process is one of painstaking craftsmanship, where an image is carved in reverse in a linoleum sheet,” says Luke. “In this case it took Hannah two full days. She then carefully inked the lino and pressed it onto paper, using an Albion press from 1881.”
This sort of care, effort and dedication is core to Luke Sital-Singh’s philosophy. It’s what makes his music breathe and his songs pulse. “I like things that are well made – things that love has been put into. It’s why I like the Slow Movement. It’s why I like vinyl.”
In the same spirit, 28 year-old Sital-Singh is finessing a series of special filmed performances in the studios, workshops, foundries and ateliers of a host of Slow Movement crafts people he’s connected with up and down the country. Watch this (bespoke) space for collaborations with a ceramicist in Glasgow, a knife-maker in Derby and a stained glass designer in Devon.
But for now, here’s ‘Time Is A Riddle’. A record where you can smell the graft, see the joins and hear the sweat on the frets – and the occasional live-recording misstep. It’s that real.