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Luke Temple

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Indie folk singer/songwriter Luke Temple was born in Salem, Massachusetts, though he lived for a time in Northern California before returning to New England as a painting student at the School of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. After completing his studies, Temple pulled up stakes again, moving to New York City, but as he was trying to launch his career as a visual artist, he developed a new interest in music. Temple started writing songs and playing at small clubs around New York; he also began recording his material on a simple four-track machine in his apartment, and tapes of his music started to circulate. Eventually, one of Temple's demos arrived at the offices of Mill Pond Records, an independent label based in Seattle, and they were taken with his breathy high tenor, naïve but tuneful melodies, and impressionistic, personal lyrics. In 2004, Mill Pond released Temple's first record, a self-titled four-song EP, and his first full-length album, Hold a Match for a Gasoline World, followed in 2005. Temple developed a loyal following in the Northwest, and he soon found himself shuttling back and forth between his homes in Brooklyn and Seattle. Temple's burgeoning career enjoyed a boost when in the fall of 2006 his song "Make Right with You" was featured in an episode of the hit television series Grey's Anatomy, raising his profile, boosting sales of the Hold a Match album, and increasing anticipation for his next disc. With indie rock kingpins Ben Gibbard and Sufjan Stevens now heralding his voice as one of the best in the business, Temple released his sophomore effort, the quirkily intimate Snowbeast, in August 2007. In 2008 Temple formed the group Here We Go Magic, with Michael Bloch and Peter Hale. Their self-titled first record from 2009 featured only Temple, however, with a full band on only one track. For the next few years Temple alternated between making off-kilter indie rock with the band (with Secretly Canadian releasing Pigeons in 2010 and A Different Ship in 2012) and quieter more, indie folk-leaning albums on his own (2011's Don't Act Like You Don't Care on Western Vinyl.) In 2013, Temple moved his solo operation to Secretly Canadian and changed his style, too. His fourth album, Good Mood Fool, was recorded in an upstate New York cabin with Eliot Krimsky (synths) and Mike Johnson (drums), and took a giant step away from indie folk to land squarely in the spot where chillwave and R&B intersect. He returned to more folk-styled storytelling, however, with 2016's A Hand Through the Cellar Door. ~ Mark Deming & Tim Sendra
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  2.   Luck Part
  3.   Blue Britches
  4.   The Case of Louis Warren
  5.   Make Right With You
  6.   Terrified Witness
  7.   Where Is Away
  8.   Private Shipwreck
  9.   Only A Ghost
  10.   Mr Disgrace
  11.   Sue
  12.   You Belong to Heaven
  13.   Weekend Warrior
  14.   Old New York
  15.   Serious
  16.   Katie
  17.   B-Bird
  18.   Jessica Brown Findlay
  19.   Those Kids
  20.   Hardest Working Self Made Mexican
  21.   Love Won't Receive
  22.   How Could I Lie
  23.   The Complicated Men of the 1940's
  24.   Conqueror
  25.   The Owl Song
  26.   Saturday People
  27.   Maryanne Was Quiet
  28.   Ophelia
  29.   Family Vacation
  30.   In the End
  31.   Florida
  32.   Someone Somewhere
  33.   Darkness
  34.   Hard Working Hand
  35.   The 39th Jewel
  36.   In the Open
  37.   Ordinary Feeling
  38.   Estimated World
  39.   Dinner Party
  40.   Smashing Glass
  41.   The Masterpiece Is Broken
  42.   Painted Blue
  43.   Time Rolls a Hill
  44.   The Birds of Late December
  45.   Get Deep Get Close
  46.   People Do
  47.   Medicine
  48.   Ballad for Dick George
  49.   So Long, So Long
  50.   Radiation Blues
  51.   More Than Muscle
  52.   To All My Good Friends Goodbye

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