Selva And Luke Cusato Are 'Struck' By A Tumultuous Attraction
It only took one listen to U.K. singer-songwriter Luke Cusato's distinctive voice for us to be stopped in our musical tracks last year. Acting as a perfect complement to the ebb, flow and swell of his passionately seductive brand of electronic-piano driven 'emotional/electro/pop/', his voice proved to be a genuinely moving conduit for the intensely intimate and introspectively confessional honesty of his heartfelt lyricism: empathetic, sensitive, tender and vulnerable, his falsetto-hued vocals traversed hushed, heart-weary realizations and soaring, soulful pleas with effortless control and power. No surprise then that he quickly garnered praise from the likes of BBC 1 Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC 6 and Amazing Radio, and gathered a series of features with renowned producers.
Having teamed up with talented Australian producer Selva, Cusato again proves that his instinct for fully absorbing his lyrical and vocal prowess into the most intricately articulated and evocatively sophisticated of soundscapes is second to none with their recent collaboration, 'Struck'. Released through Heroic Recordings, the track sees the eclectic polish of Selva's seamlessly luxuriant production guide Cusato's yearning vocal through the aching intoxication of an irresistible attraction. Underpinned by the haunting melancholy of a spare piano, a ghostly, shifting swirl and ambling bassline, Selva amps up the production with an oscillating intensity as fuzzy, emergently swelling synths and bold percussion gather the track to a frenzied crescendo in sympathy with Cusato's tumultuously pained exclamations of tormented desire.