Having started writing songs from the age of 14, it was only as Luke got older that started to build confidence to share his music with the world. Cutting his teeth busking on Glasgow’s infamous Buchanan Street, he first began playing really late at night for fear of being recognised. But the more he did it, the more his confidence grew, and the earlier he began to play. “Once I found that confidence I just never really stopped,” he says. It was this slow build in confidence and tenacity that eventually led to Luke deciding to pursue a career in music. “I think when you find the thing that really sets your soul on fire, you’ve gotta chase after it. Because even if it’s out of the ordinary, if you don’t do it, what’s the point in doing anything, you know.”
Scottish songwriter Luke Marshall Black has released the third in a series of introductory singles. The stunning ’Skin’ is out now via AWAL.
Discussing themes of isolation and the loss of physical touch, lockdown 2021 is the perfect time for this song; “I wish that I could feel you on my skin, and I wish I knew how much of me you’re in,” sings Luke. The track is laced with melodic hooks and ear-worm refrains. A gritty vocal soars over string lines which are contrasted by sultry contemporary beats with mass popular potential.
Luke said: “I wanted to offer something that touched on the experience of lockdown without being exclusive to it. It’s important to me that songs reflect life on a few different levels…I think that’s the key to longevity”.