If you like folk music like I do, here's something I helped out with for Luke Thompson's new EP. It was released yesterday and is already the #10 album on iTunes!
Luke Thompson returns with ‘The Water EP’
Three years on from his debut release ‘Here On The Ground’, Luke Thompson releases a handful of simple folk tunes on ‘The Water EP’. The release marks a new chapter for Thompson and new approach to writing and recording.
Much of the EP was written, performed and recorded alone by Thompson in his studio nestled in the hills of Tauranga, near the home he shares with his wife and two young children.
“It feels great to finally have made something with my own two hands, that very much embodies me, flaws and all,” Thompson said.
“Both 'Foreigners' and 'The Voice of Reason' were written very quickly on the same day, and then recorded the following day. Working this way you get a very honest version of the song. They are frozen in time as soon as they are thought of, there’s a simplicity and innocence to them.”
The EP is distributed by independent label Shock Entertainment; a relationship Thompson says is both exciting and comfortable.
“Working with Shock feels like a natural progression. They very supportive of me as a self-managed indie musician, and of course they’ve got a great track record so it’s great to be able to team up with them to distribute the EP.”
"It's rare these days to have a singer / songwriter of Luke Thompson's calibre come along with a bag full of great songs, his guitar and the determination to get out and make things happen,” said Darren Humphries, Shock Entertainment General Manager – New Zealand.
“Luke is just such a person and Shock Entertainment is very excited to be able to work with him on the release of this brilliant new EP."
Title track ‘Water’ was recorded at Revolver Studios with the help of industry stalwarts Nic Manders (Producer) and Bruce Lynch (double bass) and features Thompson’s close friends Dave Baxter (Avalanche City) and Lydia Cole, who also appear on the video, which is currently screening on FOUR and Juice TV.
The song is also serving as a fundraiser for The Good Trust www.good.org.nz, a charity raising money for international water projects.
Having toured extensively in support of ‘Here On The Ground’, including support slots for international acts Toto, Jars of Clay and The Fray, Thompson is on the road again, touring with Anika Moa before heading back into the studio to record his second full-length album, due to be released in late 2011.
The Water EP – Tracklisting
2. Make My Grave (Wherever I Fall)
3. The Voice of Reason
5. As a Mountain Stands