Luke Sital-Singh announces new album 'Dressing Like A Stranger' along with the release of his new single 'California'

"My first album was a shiny pop record, the second album was rawer, and my third album was more lyrical. The sound of the guitar was how I felt now."

Luke Sital-Singh announces details of new album Dressing Like A Stranger and shares new single California. The LA-based Londoner's fourth album and debut with new label Nettwerk Records Dressing Like A Stranger will be released on September 2. 

The third track to be lifted from the album, following previous singles Me & God and Blind Missiles, California rides a steady beat and glassy riff towards a warm hook bathed in SoCal sunshine. "The lyrics reflect on the way I live in L.A. compared to the U.K. I thought I would feel different, but I didn't. I'm the same dude -just wearing shorts more often," laughs Luke.

The follow-up to 2019's A Golden State, which preceded his move to Los Angeles, Dressing Like A Stranger was written and recorded in the Golden State, with Luke initially working alone at home in Los Feliz as COVID-19 descended upon the world. He later rented a studio and cut a few songs by himself before enlisting fellow Brit and singer-songwriter Dan Croll as co-producer and Tchad Blake for mixing.

"I love collaboration," reveals Luke. "When I started this album, I missed that part of the process. Dan enjoys the puzzle of music. He'll have so many different versions of songs, where as I'm more instinctual. It was nice to have Dan say, 'We don't need this!' Dan saw the music from a bird's eye view, maintained the momentum, figured out the puzzle, and pushed me to do more takes than I would've alone."

The album involves further collaborations with Ben Cramer, a.k.a. Old Sea Brigade, who co-wrote the upbeat Can't Get High.

It was the purchase of a rubber-bridge guitar that opened up the songwriting floodgates for Luke. He penned the title track Dressing Like A Stranger with the guitar and embraced it as a creative north star. "Dressing Like A Stranger was the first song I wrote, and it unlocked the whole album," he recalls. "The guitar has a very specific sound. I didn'twant just to do another 'singer-songwriter acoustic' thing. My first album was a shiny pop record, the second album was rawer, and my third album was more lyrical. The sound of the guitar was how I felt now."                                                                                                                                             
California is available at all digital retailers here.
To presave Dressing Like A Stranger, click here.

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