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Luke Temple

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. In 2017, after relocating to Northern California, Temple adopted the persona of animist musician Art Feynman and, obscuring his face in promotional materials, released Blast Off Through the Wicker via Western Vinyl. ~ Mark Deming & Tim Sendra
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  1.   Song
  2.   Family Vacation
  3.   Serious
  4.   The 39th Jewel
  5.   Make Right With You
  6.   Terrified Witness
  7.   More Than Muscle
  8.   Get Deep Get Close
  9.   Ballad for Dick George
  10.   Conqueror
  11.   Ordinary Feeling
  12.   Sue
  13.   Weekend Warrior
  14.   How Could I Lie
  15.   Medicine
  16.   You Belong to Heaven
  17.   Blue Britches
  18.   Estimated World
  19.   Hardest Working Self Made Mexican
  20.   Where Is Away
  21.   Radiation Blues
  22.   Florida
  23.   Katie
  24.   Smashing Glass
  25.   The Birds of Late December
  26.   B-Bird
  27.   Maryanne Was Quiet
  28.   Those Kids
  29.   Only A Ghost
  30.   Hard Working Hand
  31.   People Do
  32.   Ophelia
  33.   Painted Blue
  34.   To All My Good Friends Goodbye
  35.   The Complicated Men of the 1940's
  36.   Private Shipwreck
  37.   Jessica Brown Findlay
  38.   So Long, So Long
  39.   Luck Part
  40.   Time Rolls a Hill
  41.   The Masterpiece Is Broken
  42.   Darkness
  43.   Saturday People
  44.   Old New York
  45.   The Case of Louis Warren
  46.   The Owl Song
  47.   In the End
  48.   Someone Somewhere
  49.   In the Open
  50.   Love Won't Receive
  51.   Dinner Party
  52.   Mr Disgrace

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