“What on Earth” A New Album from Luke Wallace
Luke Wallace, 26, has made a name for himself in communities all over western North America. Since the age of 16, Luke has been writing songs rooted in unity and a love for the planet, using his music to draw attention to critical social justice and environmental battles. Often compared to Woodie Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Luke is rising in the folk festival scene as a young man who brings a whole lot of hope and truth to his performances, all while hitting the pressing issues of our times with love and honesty.
Gary Cristall, founder of the Vancouver Folk Festival, had this to say about Luke’s 2017 festival performance, “Armed with folk, a little rap, call and response, a poet’s gift and a voice to deliver it all, Luke is both an artist to listen to, and a hope for the future.”
After honing his sound and style with his first 4 independent albums, Luke Wallace has hit his stride with his new album, What On Earth. The album is 9 tracks of uplifting lyricism, hooky choruses and a personal style of writing that marks new terrain in a songwriter that is clearly finding his voice and rising to the top of a new wave of political folk singers.
What makes ‘What on Earth’ different is Luke’s ability to present some really hard ideas and lyrics in a way that is both moving and easy to hear; deeply emotional yet catchy and light. The album features protest-anthems like Jetlag, which American Songwriter calls, “a buoyant environmental anthem” in which he sings, ” I love the land more than my country. I love the earth more than the flag.” His song Sons and Daughters seems to pack all of the hope and anger of his generation into irresistible songs worth putting on repeat.
Luke also shows no fear in lyricism, diving into touchy subjects on tracks like Pale Kids and The Permit Song, challenging the listener to question their place in an increasingly divided society. Produced by Daniel Klenner (Shad, Hey Ocean) and mastered by Brock McFarlane, What on Earth maintains Luke’s folk roots while raising his sound to a new level of clarity.