Luke Jackson’s forthcoming third album …And Then Some almost never happened.
Sidetracked for years by a series of life’s obstacles and stricken by a period of writer’s block that lasted close to half a decade, the planets aligned in the Summer of 2006 on a trip from his native London to rural Southern Sweden, where Luke was invited to record some sessions by Brianpool/Roxette producer and multi-instrumentalist Christoffer Lundqvist at his Aerosol Grey Machine (the legendary analogue studio where The Magic Numbers, The Concretes, Ed Harcourt, Nicolai Dunger, and The Cardigans have recorded.)
Inspired by the invitation, Luke found his muse and spent the rest of 2006 preparing a dozen songs for a possible new album, returning to Sweden to join his dream-team rhythm section of Christoffer’s Brainpool bandmate Jens Jansson on drums and one of Luke’s alltime favourite songwriters Magnus Borjeson (Beagle, Favorita, Metro Jets, Cardigans) on bass.
Not one to manifest small, Luke was so enthused with the rough recordings that he gave them to renowned UK string arranger Robert Kirby (Nick Drake, Paul Weller, David Ackles, Elvis Costello, John Cale and many others) for his consideration. To Luke’s delight (and bewilderment), Kirby began to write the orchestrations for half the songs on the album. He even offered to fly to Sweden to conduct the October 2007 string sessions himself.
Quite by chance, Luke had brought together two of his favourite musical worlds, and the result of their collision can be heard on …And Then Some. Densely layered guitars and pop harmonies fuse with sweeping string arrangements, none of which ever draws the ear too far from what lays at the heart of his music… gorgeous, expressive, heartfelt songs born of the trials and tribulations of a life lived to the fullest.
Listen to an album teaser and check out Luke’s video blog (including footage of the orchestral recording sessions!) at his myspace page.