LUKA 'Calling All Cats Black' (album stream)

LUKA 'Calling All Cats Black' (album stream)
Canadian singer-songwriter Luke Kuplowsky first got our attention back in 2009 with his pop-rock three-piece Broken Bricks. But recently he's decided to go solo, adopting the pseudonym LUKA for his new LP Calling All Cats Black. The album doesn't arrive until November 12 through non-profit label Fat Fat Sounds, but until then, stream the eight-track record in its entirety on Exclaim.ca.

According to a press release, the album came about after a year or two dabbling in "lo-fi vocoder drone and dissonant sample-pop," which slowly gave way to the record's "gorgeously dark" and "introspective folk." And that's ultimately a good thing, because over the album's modest 26-minute runtime, Kuplowsky provides heartfelt acoustic numbers ("Always Gonna Be This Way") and haunting confessionals ("Cover Me") that at times recall the early vocal register of a young Leonard Cohen yet hint at an even bolder talent hidden underneath its layers of field-recording hymns ("Sisters of Song") and minimalist waltzes ("Solitude").

Hear for yourself by streaming the album in the player below. Listen to even more solo material on LUKA's Bandcamp page here.