The project of Sydney-based musician Luke James Smith, anseo has been pushing the boundaries with his unique take on sound.
The latest release from anseo, Deadbeat, invites listeners on an earthy and sensual journey unlike anything you have heard before.
Deadbeat is the lead single from anseo’s second EP Wilder Shades, set to be an evocative, moody and intimate indie-pop journey.
Deadbeat combines dreamy synths and airy harmonies with only the earthiest of grooves, expressing a deep and sincere sense of desire. anseo boasts his lyrical sensibilities in this track as he pleads to know the most profound truths of a lover’s mind. These ideas are further emphasised by Luke James Smith’s impressive falsetto.
anseo has cleverly blended different genres in Deadbeat to transcend all expectations of his sound, melding indie-rock vibes with distinctly R&B sensibilities. anseo has smoothly weaved together a sound with threads reminiscent Matt Corby, The National and Ocean Alley.
What stands out about Deadbeat is not just one instrument or the vocals alone, but the way anseo has so perfectly melded them together to create such a smooth-flowing groove, inviting listeners to sway and fall deeply into every inch of the track.
As a solo musician, Luke James Smith had been writing, recording and performing acoustic gigs for several years. Beginning in pubs and clubs around Sydney, then eventually at venues all throughout the East Coast of Australia, he was working on material and honing his craft in front of live audiences.
Deadbeat is one of four tracks from anseo’s second EP Wilder Shades, which works to explore the intrinsic value of love and loss. Wilder Shades was recorded at Forbes Street Studios in Sydney with engineer Dan Frizza, who has worked with the likes of King Princess, Amy Shark and Bernard Fanning.
Indulge yourself in this oozy and seductive Deadbeat above.