A1. Here Comes The Wind / A2. Candy / A3. Beef & Carrots / A4. She’s Arriving Soon / A5. I’m A Bit Out Of Shape
B1. Who Would Want To Be Lonely / B2. My Naked Body / B3. Don’t Think In Bed / B4. Private Message / B5. Brain Jail
Luke Buda is a songwriter based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington). Buda’s music finds influence in the warm strums that emanated from Laurel Canyon in the 1960s, the dreamy vocals of supreme 1970s soft rock and disco, and the digital delays and drum machines wafting out from the UK in the early 1980s. In this work, he locates the sweet spot between introspection and wry humour.
This self-titled solo album, Buda’s first in twelve years, is a collection of songs mostly recorded in his garage over the last three years. The lyrics are a mix of Buda’s sincere but sardonic musings about feeling old and tired and anxious about everything, and words supplied by New Zealand novelist Damien Wilkins, all set to the kind of melodies that you could find while channel surfing through radio stations on a long midnight drive.
Buda has roped in a large range of collaborators for the album, including guests like Don McGlashan; Joe Lindsay and Toby Laing from Fat Freddy’s Drop; Riki Gooch; Dayle Jellyman; Jacqui Nyman; and all the members of The Phoenix Foundation. Special mention needs to be made of Anita Clark’s (Motte) contribution, as she sang on every single track.