new music: quiet luke delivers a perfect electro r&b gem with ‘beholden’ #soundcheck

October 24, 2016

An obsession with open spaces runs deep in Quiet Luke’s debut EP Beholden. “Arrowhead” plays with shifting rhythms; a skittering beat that flies beneath the washes of synth and bass anchors Quiet Luke’s lush vocals. On “Escapist,” in particular Quiet Luke’s immaculate production meets his songwriting for a track that kills. His voice matches the Purple influence that runs through his visuals, delivering a perfect electro R&B single. The music was heavily influenced by the songwriter’s recent world travels, and his awe at the size and scope of the world is echoed in the open spaces. In an interview with The Fader [], Quiet Luke explains:

“I was on a boat in the middle of the Aegean Sea, just looking at [the islands] — they look like mountains, but they’re islands, they’re just mountains in the sea, some of them don’t even have people on them – and I was just thinking about how big the world is. That’s so cliché, but I just felt really small. Not in a sad way. I almost felt like my life doesn’t even matter, so I might as well have a great time.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor