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Louis Baker - Album Review: Open

02 Jul 2019 // A review by jacquiew

Louis Baker’s newest album Open is a lush, sonorous collection of immaculately assembled tracks.

Baker’s voice is lovely – it’s clear, poised, and in perfect pitch throughout. If you’re after a sensuous experience turn this music up and listen to it with headphones on, and let the sound wash over you. It's truly music to fall in love with and to.

The songs themselves are reasonably diverse. Some are languid, such as the title track Open which ends the album, others, such as the soulful Silver Scroll-nominated Black Crow have a funky, rumbling groove, reminiscent of Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Baker's vocals in Just A Memory reminded me strongly of Sam Smith. The quality of Baker's singing just as good and the track features some lovely work on keys.

My favourite tracks were the opener, The People with its fantastic message and its slick, pop production. It’s a really catchy track, and let’s face it we all need to take the song's central message on and run with it; “We are the people, we have a choice. We are the problem. We are the solution. We are the people. We have a voice. I want to make a change starting today.”

I also loved Alive – again with a powerful message of being awake and conscious and not letting the years pass you by.

Open is a very well crafted, high-quality body of work. Baker will be touring the album around Aotearoa/New Zealand in August – it’ll be well worth catching a gig to hear this material live.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Louis Baker

Soulful singer-songwriter Louis Baker is undoubtedly one of the most compelling voices to emerge from Aotearoa New Zealand’s fertile musical landscape in recent years.

Crafting his work from a place of deep artistic integrity, Louis has gathered a loyal following that spans the world over. Everyone from India.Arie (“Louis Baker, you sing my soul,”) to BBC 6 Music, Clash Magazine and Earmilk have shown love for what he is, and has become.

Growing up in the working-class suburb of Newtown, Wellington, Louis developed his passion for music at an early age listening to his parents diverse record collection, which featured the likes of Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Louis Baker

Releases

Love Levitates
Year: 2021
Type: Album
Open
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Louis Baker
Year: 2014
Type: EP

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