EP Review – Lucas Laufen’s Goodbye – a melancholic and spine-tingling voice

Lucas Laufen

Released midway through his national tour, Lucas Laufen’s debut EP, Goodbye, makes a timely arrival this month, with its underlying melancholic sound ready to ease us reassuringly into autumn. It would be hard to guess that the Australian-born songwriter recorded these tracks in his sunny coastal hometown last year, just before uprooting and heading to the German capital.

The lyrics betray a feeling that will chime with many young wanderers

Though his home by the ocean was a big influence on Laufen’s writing, there’s undeniably something about his mournful, often spine-tingling voice in songs such as ‘Dead Days’ that evokes the encroaching chill of Berlin outside the window. The lyrics betray a feeling that will chime with many young wanderers embarking on a journey away from their ancestral homeland: ‘If I forget this, I’ll forget me’.

Folk without the rousing campfire refrains of the genre’s banjo-toting megastars

The intricate guitar-plucking throughout perfectly complements Laufen’s layered vocals, and bar the addition of a double bass and a solitary trumpet interlude (a throw-back to the singer’s first instrumental excursion, aged ten), there’s little need for anything other than the formula that undoubtedly works best for him: man and guitar.

This is folk without the rousing campfire refrains of the genre’s banjo-toting megastars, and the subtleties perhaps owe more to those across the Atlantic like Fleet Foxes or Iron & Wine than any stalwarts of the British scene.

Either way, Goodbye is a smart and often moving debut, and gives a promising flavour of the future full-length to come.

Read Indie Berlin’s recent interview with Lucas Lauren here.

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Luke began writing about music for his university paper while studying in England’s cold, post-industrial North. He became a regular reviewer of new releases, live shows, theatre and film, before moving to the big, grey blob of London. He has written indie and electronica reviews for indieBerlin since arriving in Berlin in 2017, while pursuing other freelance writing, editing and communications projects (and struggling to learn German). You can follow Luke here and read his recent reviews here.

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