The Farmer –  Luke Spehar (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

ijpoccmhnakfhikj_phixrThere is something wonderfully simple, brilliantly emotive and even timeless in the message being broadcast by Luke Spehar on The Farmer. It feels like a modern parable, which is understandable given Spehar’s quest to explore his faith through his music. But unlike many of his peers the message is one that isn’t just applicable to those of one faith or another or those of no religious convictions. It is a story of honest toil, of being satisfied with your lot and of living a good life, which you could argue, is not only an ethic which lies at the heart of Christianity but which is the key to merely being a decent human being.

Musically it also follows some simple and supple lines, dexterous fingerpicked acoustic and a captivating voice, and just the minimal of additional sonic detail and you have a perfectly formed slice of acoustica. Both musically and lyrically The Farmer reminds us that sometimes the simplest way is the most effective, that if the song is well crafted and the words captivating there is nothing else you need to add in to the mix. Whether you are drawn to this song because of what it has to say or because of its sonic elegance, or perhaps both, The Farmer works on every level.

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  1. […] Spehar’s style is one of Americana folk, of storytelling set to a gentle acoustic sound that allows the listener time and room to absorb the subtle fractions of the production. Looking at the list of instruments used on this album it reads like a who’s who of American folk music, guitar, bass, banjo, spoons, accordion, fiddle. With these sounds all lining up you’re in no doubt of what kind of record you’re going to be given but he manages to slightly tilt the recipe and use these instruments in a different way, it would be easy to write seven songs suitable for a barn dance but here it’s all very measured and controlled and the songs benefit from this treatment allowing the lyrics and the voice to come into their own. […]

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