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Luke Top ‘Poltergeist’ : “Conjuring up a self-reflexive sermon about lowly inner demons.”

Luke Top

“When I think about the sound of this track I picture 1970’s Dutch reggae played after a John Bonham drum lesson (not that I’m much of a Zeppelin fan), with a synth lineup ripped out of a William Onyeabor studio photo or a Les Baxter record. It’s stamped with psychedelic tape delays that swing upwards into space, all while conjuring up a self-reflexive sermon about lowly inner demons.”

Luke Top knows what’s up. The Tel Aviv, Israel and Los Angeles, California raised artist, has dedicated the last two decades of his life to recording and performing music. A big chunk of that time (2008-2015), was spent as the lead singer of Fool’s Gold, a band that has enjoyed international acclaim for their cathartic live shows and seductive experiments in global psychedelia.

When Fool’s Gold disbanded, Luke shifted gears musically, going solo with the release of his full length album Suspect Highs in 2016.

In 2018 he released The Dumb-Show EP after building his own studio in the DTLA Arts District. Regarding the title track LA Record exclaimed it to be: “…three minutes of pop so charming it’s got handshakes instead of hooks, with quietly expert production that gets this glowing with a hundred different colors at once.”

In 2020 Luke left the familiar bustle of DTLA and built a home studio out in Panorama City, CA. There he created a new body of work, mostly during quarantine and over remote Skype sessions with few outside musicians.

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