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Luke Elliot

Dressed for the Occasion by Luke Elliot is a unique proposition. He's gained a level of what nowadays in the music industry is referred to as hype, yet in actual fact his work ethic as well as the artistic development he has embarked upon, harks back to the great songwriters of old - the stalwarts of the form who delicately honed their craft: the Leonard Cohens, the Bob Dylans and Tom Waits.

Luke Elliot, like these artists before him, has tales to tell, and the ability to tell them. Having started learning the piano at the age of eight, and writing his own songs by the age of thirteen, Luke developed a style that can only be described as timeless.

After the release of two tastemaker EPs in his native New York, and an introduction to Rihanna's original manager, Christa Shaub, heads began to turn.  Under the tutelage of Shaub, long days and even longer nights led to a chance meeting in New York with one of Norways most prominent journalists for the leading Norwegian newspaper, VG.

It was this moment that led to a temporary move to Oslo where he sought to further his evolution as an artist. And evolve he did, quickly signing to Norwegian tastemaker label, Name Music but to understand the story, we need to start on the stage.

At face value, for someone so slickly dressed, theres an unhinged nature to Elliots live performances. He possesses an imposing live presence - the magic in a bottle that so many artists cant tap into, the feeling that at any moment the set could descend into chaos. It's the unexpected nature of his spirit which is in his DNA. 

Over time, Lukes reputation grew as an unmissable live act, but it would take someone of

immense gravitas to cultivate this into a recording. John Agnello was just the man to capture this, and flew over from New York to Norway to work with Luke, having built his own reputation working with the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs. The first time I heard Luke’s voice; I knew he was super talented.

Then when I saw him play piano and sing, I saw that he was a force of nature. And watching him grow as an artist has been remarkable said Agnello. The result of their work together is a record of eleven songs that demonstrate Elliots precociousness as a songwriter – a record thats shows equal parts an aggression and restraint.

Be it the softer ballads such as Let It Rain On Me, or the forceful lead single Trouble, with its desperate vocals and dark 60's, Lynchian guitars.

Dressed For The Occasion has achieved great success with its release in Norway, breaking into the Top 10 iTunes Album Chart, and also led to Luke performing on the countrys two most popular TV shows, Lindmo and Good Morning Norway, as well as being named one of the worlds five best new artists of 2015 by Tidal. The album also featured highly in all of the end of year lists, including a placing at number one in Dagbladet, Norway's second largest daily newspaper.

 
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