CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

April 2006

LUKE RUSSELL The Kiss That Lasted All Weekend

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Here's the score. Most demos arrive at the Strawberry Hills post office up above Central. I'll usually ride my bike over once a week and pick them up (making sure to grab a falafel on the way - yummo!). I'll go through the mail, pay the bills, recycle the junk and send down the mailorders and the bulk of the demos to Nic in Melbourne. Then a few weeks ago, he sends back a demo cd I'd recently sent to him. "What's this?" I thought. There was a note attached, in Nic's increasingly messy handwriting, saying "Luke is a dear friend of mine and this cd is absoluty (sic) fantastic and I wanna make it demo of the week but as he's my friend...Soph, can you?"

Great. What if I don't like it? I'll have to make some shit up about something that has never wandered up my alley. And Nic seems to have forgotten I do have a proper job to go to.

I looked at the cover. Luke Russell. The Kiss That Lasted All Weekend it's called. I put the cd on. Wow. Very pop. Thought it would be your typical singer-songwriter in the bedroom stuff. What a voice! This guy can sing. Hey, what's that tugging at my heartstrings? What's that squishy feeling in my stomach. Luke Russell, I think I'm falling in love with you. Well, with your songs, your voice, your exemplary arrangements, the oohs, the ahhs, the lyrics (what a romantic you are, my beautiful man!). Okay, okay, I'm getting carried away here. I don't even know you, Luke, but I'm sure we'll get on, have the same interests. Do you like fried Haloumi? Sophie, STOP!

It's classic pop. It's the story of love. It's a love of classic pop story. Phew! Luke isn't afraid to really sing, sing his heart out. And sing about his inner-most feelings of love, unrequited love, old flames, new loves. And throughout the cd is an abundance of pop instruments - he has raided the Imperial Bedroom's cupboard full of percussion, keyboards and guitars. Oh, and handclaps, too. All twelve songs are originals and Luke closes the album with a Stephin Merritt tune 'I've Got New York'. Perfect. Yes, that's what it is. It's not Power Pop. It's Perfect Pop.

Nic, you put out records by your friends, don't you? -SH

luke.russell@arts.usyd.edu.au

other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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