Widely tipped to make a major breakthrough with his debut album 'The Fire Inside' which is out on August 18th on Parlophone, Luke Sital-Singh will build towards its release with the new EP 'Film Songs' which will be live exclusively on Spotify from July 21st.
The EP features Luke's interpretations of iconic movie music moments from a selection of his personal fa-vourite films. As he explains: "One of the great things about music is its way of enhancing the experiences and emotions we all go through. Basically how great songs soundtrack our lives. What would life be like without soundtracks? Can you imagine your favourite film without that bit with that song? It doesn't bear thinking about."
The 'Film Songs' EP's artwork has been created by Eric Chase Anderson, the brother of Luke's favourite director Wes. An accomplished artist in his own right,Eric Chase Anderson conceptualized the design for The Royal Tenenbaums as well as creating artwork for the Criterion Collection releases of some of Wes'smost popular films. In addition, he has also made cameo appearances in several of his brother's films.
Luke Sital-Singh is planning to perform a few special cinema shows in which he'll perform some of the music from the EP - more details of which will be confirmed soon.
The full tracklisting, together with Luke's commentary on each track, is below:
'New Slang' by The Shins, from Zach Braff's 'Garden State' (2004)
"This takes me right back to my teen years. Watching this film was the first time I ever took note of a soundtrack. I went out bought it and this song stood out from the off. I've been a fan of The Shins ever since."
'These Days' by Nico and 'Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard' by Paul Simon, both from Wes Ander-son's 'The Royal Tenenbaums'(2001)
"Wes Anderson is hands down my all-time favourite director. The Royal Tenenbaums is probably my fa-vourite of his films, although it's a hard choice to be sure. The attention to detail in his films is nuts, not least in the soundtracks. Every film has an incredible set of songs in it, so much so I had to record two from this film."
'The Wrestler' by Bruce Springsteen, from Darren Aronofsky's 'The Wrestler' (2008)
"This has to be one of my favourite Springsteen songs and one of my favourite films, so quite frankly I had to cover it. There is something special about songs that were penned specifically for the film. Mickey Rourke asked The Boss to write this one and he did for free apparently! One day maybe I'll be able to ask Bruce Springsteen to just write me a song!"
'Exit Music (From a Film)' by Radiohead, from Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo + Juliet' (1996)
"I was not a Shakespeare fan growing up. Who is? But this film made it super cool. Not just because it had guns and DiCaprio but also an amazing soundtrack. This was probably my first intro to Radiohead. I'll al-ways thank Shakespeare for that."
'The Sound of Silence' by Simon & Garfunkel, from Mike Nichols' 'The Graduate' (1967)
"I watched this film only very recently after a long trawl through Netflix. I'm a big Simon & Garfunkel fan but watching this reignited my love of this song. I found myself properly listening to the lyrics for the first time. I guess I was curious as to why they picked it, which was apparently by accident; the director put it in as a placeholder only to find it was irreplaceable. Well it's definitely that. The melody and lyrics are in-credible. I can only dream of writing a song like this one day."
'Strangers' by The Kinks, from Wes Anderson's 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007)
"A close second favourite Wes Anderson movie. The story of these three brothers always makes me think of me and my two brothers. And this song means a lot to me. I even had a friend sing it at my wedding."
'You Always Hurt The Ones You Love' performed by Ryan Gosling, from Derek Cianfrance's 'Blue Val-entine' (2010)
"Blue Valentine is one of the most depressing films you'll ever see and if you know me well you'll know that has my name written all over it! I love this film. Must say I'm a bit of a Gosling groupie, and the moment he gets out a ukelele and starts singing this song. Oh! My heart swoons."