Luke Leighfield & Jose Vanders - European Tour 2011
Jose and I released a split EP in October 2011 and celebrated the release with a tour throughout Europe. Duncan Howsley came too and made this video.
For more details and to buy the split EP visit lukeandjose.com
Our co-headline tour of the UK/EU starts TOMORROW! Dates at lukeandjose.com.
Look what just arrived! (Taken with Instagram at Chez Leighfield).
LUKE LEIGHFIELD & JOSE VANDERS
SPLIT EP REVIEW
Luke Leighfield and Jose Vanders are two singer/songwriters with great talent and poise, so a Split EP was a jolly good idea. The 4 track EP, released next week gives us Luke covering Jose and Jose covering Luke, putting an utterly refreshing spin on eachother’s craft. Both of them have a knack for songwriting, with kooky words about the prospect of turning 67 and kissing indie boys in dingy clubs, along with some more uplifting phrases along the way. It’s a simple yet very powerful record that inspires.
First up is Luke covering Jose’s, ‘Metal Detector’ the delicate piano provides the ideal companion for Leighfield’s soft vocal. He sings how your life will be, ‘so full of diamonds and so full of pearls, so full of everything that’s good in this world’ but being rich comes at a price becuase, it follows with the harmonic echoing of, ‘You will have lost the girl.’ A sharp start to the EP.
The baton is transferred to Jose, who gives her own rendition of, ‘Every Day’ open about failed excuses and ‘trying to make every day count.’ Vanders’ voice is beautifully warm and she really brings the truth within to life, ‘We won’t be young forever, we’re aging everyday and there’s no guarantee we’ll even make it through this day.’ Jose’s accompaniment includes strings, giving the track a solid foundation to run along with the high-spirited theme.
‘Man on Wire’ is offered up for Luke’s turn, the basis being the relevant fear of failure. ‘If I wrote down a 100 things that I thought that i could do by the time that I was sixty-seven, would there be another list of ninety-nine things that I’d miss just because I had a fear of failing.’ The keys vary in tone as Luke makes social plans, ‘Watching movies’ and ‘doing coffee.’ Wonderful.
‘Have You Got Heart?’ That’s the question, well this song is full of them. ‘Have you got soul? Have you got anything at all?’ Vanders questions throughout the chorus with life’s queries. This honest interrogation intensifies with a happy beat that encourages you to clap, bringing this brilliant 16 minute collection to an end.
Out 19th September on Got Got Need Records.