Pillars

by Luca

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Luca has been writing and performing music since the sixth grade, when he formed a band called Füss with a friend. Now 16, he started this project a little over a year ago, when he had the idea to create a record by marrying music he had been composing at the piano with several poems he had written. Over time he would refine and develop these sketches into full-fledged songs, and string these songs together with instrumental interludes. The result is an engrossing, strikingly original listening experience that owes about as much to Radiohead's In Rainbows as it does to David Bowie’s Low. Pillars, which features Luca singing and playing piano and keyboards, embodies a style influenced by rock, jazz, and classical music alike.

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released December 5, 2016

Luca - vocals, pianos, keyboards, percussion
Tim Luntzel - bass
Adam Levy - bass on Trashed Pages
Dan Rieser - drums and percussion
Max ZT - hammer dulcimer
Jackie Coleman - trumpet
Maria Christina - Eisen - bari sax
Stefan Zeniuk - tenor sax & clarinet
Pat Stern - guitar
Chris Hoffman - cello
Christina Courtin - violin & viola
David Goldman - producer, various & sundry, knob twiddling and arrangements

Dave Collins Mastering - mastering
Joe Arcidiacono - photography

For booking and information contact patstern@mac.com

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Luca New York, New York

Luca is a singer-songwriter in New York City. He creates poetry and puts it to music that's inspired by jazz, rock and classical. His music is an engrossing, strikingly original listening experience that owes about as much to Radiohead's In Rainbows as it does to David Bowie’s Low. ... more

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Track Name: Dorian Gray
Drowning in splendor we bitterly worshipped
Youth and the vast Galaxy all was your canvas
Then you were blinded by rose-colored Inno-
Sensed it when I encountered you, fateful dances -

Watch the brush lift your blood - yes it's chilling
Embracing the world in a flood - of vermillion
Take in your face you gorgeous villain

Love never cozened my soul - wasted passion-
Unknown to you in your alien mindless-
Nested among all your blissful oblivion
I breathed your fate through your ear to your head repeat

Repeat your prayer again -if you recall it
That you stay rooted in the ground -the vermin crawling
Your face never phased by sprawling time
And the portrait feels your pain
Track Name: Pillars
There’s a woman I knew well
She lives in stacks of paper
The room she rents out from the mill
Blank walls can’t escape her

She has just discovered God
As a smokestack savior
Stretching taut to vitreous sky
The dome that shades our tracer

Soar above the timberline
Firebrick sequoia to sun-blurred Eye

Obscure the boundless shifting vault
With soot the dusky augur
Sign of industry divine
My woman worshipped eagerly

Nights when she sits down for grace
Cluttered at the table
She envisions fireplace
A sputtering eternity

Soar above the timberline
Firebrick sequoia to sun-blurred eye

Once you’ve straddled every sky
You can claim an idol
No one judges from up high
‘Cause he was suicidal

The breath of fire stains her shirt
Cradles just-pressed leaves to the floor
As she soaks into the dirt
She forgets her human name

Soar above the timberline
Firebrick sequoia to sun-blurred eye
(x2)
Track Name: Packing Pellets
From my window widow’s walk is too far from the shore
While I waited I debated how to close the door
On my block they’re out of stock in porcelain goodbyes
When we spread that trembling bed my spine was my disguise

Found your verses in the hearse where you had stowed the keys
Tattered leaves lie scattered weaving curses through the trees
True conviction more than fiction from between your thighs
When we walked through cliffs of chalk your face was my disguise

Call me out to fix your radiator every night
I won’t sleep among the dirty seaweed, no, despite
The Beasts you call from torn-out thrones, you like to fantasize
When we laughed at Broadway gaffs our mirth was my disguise
Track Name: Stirfry
The streets which cluttered and clandestine strain,
The air with pandemonium entomb,
And mold the maelstrom matchless but mundane
In car-horn clamor, noxious neon fumes
Do not on any block contain relief
For sentimental screams, or passions blind
Nor does the traffic ever cease and  seize
The seas of shirking man or womankind
With silence sphinx-like slithering between
The ears that dot the countryside of skull
And never does the skyline broad careen
Monotony to ground and structures cull
And yet as I alone do meditate
My mind is shapeless; endless is my state
Track Name: Trashed Pages
The skeptics pass the lonely preacher in a tunnel underground
It’s an image from the cover of a playbill that you found
On 17th street where the streetlights wander dimly all around
The trashed pages of our Autumn

You’ve read it through a hundred times and hung it up behind the door
Now you’re through with the rehearsal and you covet something more,
A resolution and an audience to savor the rapport
The trashed pages of our Autumn

He shouts with Spanish undertones, he means to be remembered
His face is torn between his words and trust in God dismembered
He tells me that the Gospel holds the answers to my queries if I care
To look beyond the biting air of late November — he calls your name

And you’re caught up in the morning that has since passed into fame
And you’re locked inside the memory of singleness and shame
But remember that cold tunnel dripping with forgotten rain
And the trashed pages of our Autumn
Track Name: Dec 5 1791
Salzburg heaves a sigh
Julie Andrews passed them by
Total strangers laughed and cried
Even joy goes with the tide

Vienna, it’s on fire
He’s a genius and for hire
Now they toss him on the pyre
Cause the money it was dire
Track Name: Next Time
Next time you’ll get it right
Next time you’ll know the plan
Next time you’ll win the fight
Next time you’ll take a stand
You’ll take a stand
Next time you’ll seize the chance
Next time you’ll seize the day
Next time you’ll conquer romance
Next time you’ll be here to stay
You’ll be here to stay

Next time, look ahead for next time
Next time, all errors will erase themselves
This time will disappear into the shadow of the years
But what if next time never comes?

Next time you’ll know the score
Next time you’ll see the signs
Next time you’ll end the war
Next time you’ll keep on tryin’
You’ll keep on tryin’
Next time you’ll get a hold of your life
Next time you’ll prioritize
Next time you’ll confess to your wife
Next time you’ll realize
Who you are

Next time, look ahead for next time
Next time, all errors will erase themselves
This time will disappear into the shadow of the years
But what if next time never comes?

The wall’s down, you came round, you left your silver bag
I can’t find your number, I guess you’re moving back

Next time, look ahead for next time
Next time, all errors will erase themselves
This time will disappear into the shadow of the years
But what if next time never comes?