ALBUM REVIEW: Alex Maas – Luca | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 04.12.20






I’m about to make some lazy comparison to Leonard Cohen or Vincent Gallo as this solo debut from Alex Maas forces me to; it does appear to sit neatly between the two of them, with the awkward perfection of one and the stoned laconic meandering of the other that in no way means Luca is not of some worth: in fact quite the opposite.

This relatively short album overflows with heartfelt psychedelic gentleness and introspection, contemplating a world full of confusion while still fascinating and monstrous. The LP is named after his son Luca, meaning the Bringer of Light, a glorious light that’s actually full of colour and warmth, glowingly obscured, sublimely illuminating the dust motes of Maas’s world.



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