This doesn’t have a lot to do with the album in any way, but here’s an illustration I did of Tom Vek on a chicken — hitting it with “drumsticks.” Get it?!
Tom Vek’s newest album Luck starts with a haunting tone and quickly transitions into an excited elegance and smart-poppy feel. It’s an album bound to surprise you after the first song. Vek’s punchy-smooth vocals are laid over a “Fever Ray” style background that sets the stage in the most peculiar way for the rest of the album, much of which lacks any semblance to the eerie background music in this opening track.
When listening to an album for the first time, it’s fun to think of it as a perfectly performed concert for the blind. This opening track would be performed in the dark and everyone in the audience would be losing their minds—though, if the entirety of the audience was blind I guess the whole concert would be performed in the dark. Needless to say, it’s an interesting and smart choice for an opener. The next song feels a lot more poppy, its lyrics are easy to digest and there is that very British feeling about it that my inner hipster gets all excited about.
The songs blend nicely together somehow, though they’re all so different. From the opener to the meat of the album the wavelength of tonal atmosphere is a nice steady up and down. “Ton of Bricks” and “You’ll Stay” live in the meat of the album and are fun and simple lyrics that, even if you feel bad, you feel good about it.
The whole thing ends on a good note with “Let’s Pray” which, much like the opener makes you feel kinda strange inside.
Here’s an example of his simply smart lyrics, taken from “Pushing Your Luck.”
“You’re not answering the door
Ladders are piling up
All over the floor
You have every answer
But no one’s asking the questions
Youre just feeling cold
Expecting someone else to turn up the heat
I bring you flowers for your daily allowance
For getting through another day
But it won’t last forever
So you better think how not to suck!
You’re pushing your luck.”
The whole album is fun and smart and a really easy listen.
Smooth as butter, sharp like whiskey on the rocks.
And the ruling is…
3.25 out of 4 BUSCEMIS!
Here’s the video he put out for “You’ll Stay.”