A few years ago we’ve received a songs submission from a rather unknown artist. As it comes, being an indie folk bard is not a commercial enough to strike some significant attention from labels and media. In some way, this fact has made us happy. “Why?” you may ask. You see, from time to time, you will find that one artist or band that emanates quality within their genre, and they are doing it so effortlessly, that you want to be this person to say “I’ve known them before they were famous.”
We have no idea whether Luke De-Sciscio will become famous or not, but it never felt that this artist is even striving for such trivial things. If you play any of released albums or songs, you will find that they are the epitome of “indie” recordings. Some distortion, live-session-sounding reverbs, and feeling that artists just took guitar and sang what is heavy on the heart.
Make no mistake – Good Bye Folk Boy is no different in that matter. So if you are expecting radio-friendly production with a lot of background indie folk fillers, you will be disappointed. This album, as any album of Luke De-Scisicio, is an invitation to hear what was going in artist’s head within the last months. To put it short – Good Bye Folk Boy is very minimalistic and personal, and in this concept, hauntingly beautiful.
Another great thing is that somehow Luke can make lyrics sounds very poetic, yet approachable for the people who are not fans of such style (and as much as we love the challenge, sometimes we get confused when people go overboard with their artistic expressions for the sake of being “indie”).
We didn’t feel though anything but honesty while listening to Good Bye Folk Boy. Luke is not afraid to talk about what he feels, good or bad, stripping before us layers of different emotions, just as you do with clothes. Maybe that is why to cover of this album feels apt.
Listening to songs like Smaller Flames feels almost intrusive. How else to describe the feeling of listening to the artist, virtually on the verge of crying, singing: “Do I want you to know that to me, you are the most beautiful?” This is the shit we are living for, and those are the type of songs that go on repeat because we need a few minutes to collect ourselves.
It is impossible to introduce Luke De-Sciscio without mentioning his jaw-dropping falsetto. The ability and ease in which Luke operates vocal axis and shifts to falsetto at the right moment can send shivers down your spine. Just take a listen to outro song New Skin, and you will know what we are talking about.
The most significant difference that we felt with Good Bye Folk Boy is that song structure seems to be shorter (most of the time), thus much more approachable for new fans. Songs like Winsome, R.O.B.Y.N. or I’m A Dream Fighting Out Of A Man, already managed to get some excellent blog attention – and rightfully so.
It seems that the 3-minute mark appears to be a great way of enjoying Luke De-Sciscio at his finest, without being overwhelmed with repetitiveness. After all, there is always a limit of how many “guitar-only” songs you can listen to in the row. Still, this album is a solid continuation to Luke De-Sciscio’s saga of his emotions.