· By Mattias Forsgren

Luke Elliot (US) release a dark and twisted murder ballad in ”William Tell” Out April 28th via Icons Creating Evil Art

Luke Elliot's journey began the old-fashioned way — working his way up from playing small bars in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to some of the most legendary clubs in the country, such as NYC's Mercury Lounge and Webster Hall, and Philadelphia's World Café Live. Through his critically acclaimed recordings and mesmerizing live shows, the fledgling artist caught the attention of film director Paul Cantagallo, who asked Elliot to compose the music for his film, Benny the Bum, which won Best Local Film at the 2012 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
An introduction to Rihanna's original manager, Christa Shaub, led to a meeting with an influential Norwegian journalist that would send his career on a fast-track trajectory. And though the New Jersey-bred Elliot had never been out of the country — or even owned a passport — he found himself spending a whirlwind two years in Europe. He fell in love with Northern Europe and settled down in Oslo (Norway), and Northern Europe fell in love with him – a fan base started to grow. In Norway he formed a band and recorded the debut album Dressed for the Occasion (2016), which was produced and mixed by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), who fell for Elliot's EP, Provisions (2014). "The first time I heard Luke's voice," recalls Agnello, "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." 
Luke Elliot’s passion for performing live has taken him to sold-out venues all over the world, playing to thousands of new fans, appearing on major TV shows, and drawing the praise of the European press. Dressed for the Occasion hit #7 on iTunes in Norway, received more than 2 million streams on TIDAL/Spotify in Europe, and Elliot was named one of the world's five best new artists by TIDAL. 
"He brings life to his compositions with conviction, and makes us live a great concert hour... 
Luke Elliot shines with the stars."  // 
Le Parisien
”Luke Elliot is an undeniable talent combined with a truly stunning voice.”  // Rolling Stone France
Germany's Rolling Stone compared Luke Elliot to some of the greatest sonic storytellers of our time: ”Luke Elliot's style is timeless, his songs tell stories and comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, or Tom Waits are therefore not uncommon." 
Luke Elliot’s evocatively second album The Big Wind (2020) came out of a turbulent time in his life. It is a boldly textured and instantly immersive album with a film noir-ish touch that is
simultaneously sleek and modern at the eye of the storm. “These songs have to do with a pull to come into a stable existence,” Luke explained. “While writing them, I had no permanent residence, but I scrambled to get this record done.” Rolling Stone France picked The Big Wind as its Album Of The Month upon release and referred to Luke as an "undeniable talent combined with a truly stunning voice." MOJO Magazine in the UK called him “...a master of accessible, twisted, gothic Americana.” 
Musically, an eclectic mix of influences pumps through Elliot's veins that range from John ColtraneDuke Ellington and Dylan to The CrampsGun Club and Mink DeVille, to films by spaghetti western inventor, as well as BadlandsPulp FictionNatural Born Killers. His interest for film hasn’t stayed with music, it has also taken him to the big screen. It turned out the multitalented Elliot has acting skills as well. He performed his song “All On Board” in the Norwegian TV-series hit “Exit”, Norway’s most streamed series ever, and he played against Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix in crime series “Wisting”.

The album ”Let ’em All Talk” is released on Icons Creating Evil Art on May 19, 2023

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