Press

Mirrors, the debut EP from Luke Paulo and The Grapefruit, came out on the 26th September 2014!!!  You can find it on iTunesSpotifyAmazon etc.

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You can also listen to our EP in full via our SoundCloud profile here:

 

…And Clear Water is available as a high-quality download via the SoundCloud profile….  Here you go: the download button is at the top-right (arrow pointing down at a line)…!

 

Oh… and you can also see our Clear Water vid. here….

 

 

Here’s the selection of press quotes:

“The clear cabaret feel on show with ‘Clear Water’ goes some way for drawing you in.  It holds a high sense of referential that is self-medicated in the dropped down delivery that plays like a dream.  The murder ballad sensibilities have aplomb and clearly process the delivery in a similar fashion.  Fleshed out with a lighter jazz flow is ‘Eyes At The Window,’ yet the noir aspects are tailored in their own eccentric way here.  Life seems to run through it all in a realised way yet it seems to have an offbeat appeal that grows in stature on further repeat playing.  With ‘Beads On The Floor’ you do make a Nick Cave comparison for all the right reasons.  The sunken way things are threaded through crafts things in a beautiful manner that is rather enigmatic.  This is amassed in a tantamount way which hangs off everything excellently and provides fully in the deadened approach.

“Moving up a gear is ‘Crazy Like You’ and it confidently breaks into stride.  The Tex Mex stirrings fall across here and play like a dream.  The strong sense of resolve is heartened and is availed of in a conclusive way that lights the tune up deservedly.  Then we come to ‘Hey Annie.’  This is a clever tune and it is carried across fancifully.  How it draws from this is more than a by-the-numbers approach as initially suggested because it is a detailed tune with a lustre about it all that commendably comes full circle.  The we close out with the excellently titled ‘A Summer That Lasts Forever,’ which has this delectable romanticism about it that falls gracefully into place.  The exquisite touches mindfully caress the narrative and the sense of loss rightfully sits in a central way on the running.  It is a fine closing track that sees things out in a moving way.”

Unsigned and Independent Music Magazine (review score 9/10)

 

“The EP is a respectable and diverse accomplishment, one which oozes character and passion.”

The Music Spot Online Magazine (review score 7.8/10)

 

“The low vocals by frontman Luke soothe the mind as tinkering pianos and soft guitars harmonise beautifully in the background, creating a melodic base for the words to fall upon.”

JAM

 

“The guy and his band have been making a bit of a stir round these parts, that being Berkshire….  It’s a wonderful challenge to pigeon-hole their sound.  Which is great news….  They throw in a bit of jazz, a dash of Eastern European fierceness, some fabulous piano parts, thumping clarinet; all topped with some rather dark and sexual lyrics.  His song ‘Clear Water’ is a great example of his talent.”

The Ocelot

 

“… ‘smoky Berlin-style cabaret blues’ band Luke Paulo and the Grapefruit… ones to watch this year”

getreading

 

“…a very cool jazzy style”

Thame Gazette

 

“Noir Muisc”

Thamedotnet

 

And here is a small selection of images.  Look under the “See (Photos)” menu-option for more!

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Here’s our bio.:
Luke Paulo began writing songs and performing in 2011, eventually finding his way to his characteristic noirish style combining a jazzy European sound with melancholy or darkly playful lyrics.  He began playing with Finnish pianist Maija Tuomi-Nikula in 2012; and they have developed the project since then by working loosely with several friends to provide Luke with a full live band: The Grapefruit.  Their debut EP (‘Mirrors’) was released on the 26th September 2014 and they are now working on a debut album.
…And you can look at our schedule of live shows here!

 

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