There are times you wish to step back from life and sit in a quiet place where the clocks don’t move. A place you can spend an entire day watching the raindrops slither down your windows, meditating on their haphazard little courses. And during such evenings you need a soothing soundtrack, preferably made of nothing more than an honest voice and strains from an ordinary box guitar. Whenever that longing for peaceful reflection strikes, know that a talented singer-guitarist from Rome has just the soundtrack to complete the mood. His name is Luca Bash.
The name of the songs he has put together to be that balm for your weary soul is called ‘Single Drops’. The first of that five-strong collection of acoustic gems is particularly tailored for those rainy evenings. ‘Your Tomorrow’ has this dreamy cadence, produced by the intertwining of the strumming of two guitars. One is manipulated by the fingers of Luca and the second by his long-term collaborator Giova Pes. Using his raspy tenor the Italian crooner draws up a vibrant landscape dominated by verdant gardens and bathed in glorious sunshine; a picture of your tomorrow. Messages of hope don’t come as vivid or as poignant as this.
Your Tomorrow is the only new composition in Luca Bash’s new EP which was released on 18th May. The other four songs were each drawn from his previous releases, which he refers to collectively as the ‘CMYK project’. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key Black are the names of the four recordings Luca produced in the course of 2014, helped by Giova. Which is not to say that he’s just a year old as a musician; Luca has been making music for the past 30 years. And you won’t need any convincing of his mastery of the intricacies of this art form after ingesting his compilation EP.
The second track in Single Drops adopts a more bluesy approach to talk about a dream lover who compels him to live in a make-belief world. ‘Forever Like Asleep’ reveals the heights of Luca’s vocal capabilities with an undulating hook that repeatedly sends him into a soft falsetto. Just as it stretches Luca vocally, this number brings out the best in Giova who treats us to delightful acoustic solos as the song goes into its bridge. In the melancholic ‘Dear John’ Luca takes on religion, wondering about matters of faith vis-à-vis the realities of life today. I love this tune for the delicious solo Giova delivers after the second verse.
Single Drops is a beautiful journey that everyone should take. Fans of John Mayer, Dave Matthews or Damien Rice won’t need too much convincing of this. Here’s hoping that Luca Bash finds their wings in the world of entertainment so that more folks can enjoy the talents of this incredible duo.
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