This release arrives after a hectic summer of club and festival dates where Luke Jackson has clearly made a connection with these thoughtful and thought provoking set of originals. With youth on his side he could have delayed this debut, but with a voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style, Luke's time is now.
Working closely with Martyn Joseph during recording Luke has found a sound which scores well for clarity, the ideal spring board for what is largely a walk down memory lane with touching reminisces of the care free days of childhood - climbing trees and scoring a winning goal are high on the agenda. Then, for a view from the other side, 'How Does It Feel?' takes a look from the parents perspective as the little ones grow up - 'they've blossomed into objects that have become harder to hold'.
'Run And Hide' recorded by Songs From The Shed
But tender can turn to tough as the chunky thud of rolling riffs on 'Run And Hide' add weight to a journey towards 'hope just down the line'. Also, skilfully fashioned from his gran's wish to see her childhood home is the story of 'Kitchener road' proving there certainly is more than boys to Luke's repertoire.
With wisdom and musical clout beyond his teenage years we'll be seeing much more of Luke.