Dressed for the Occasion by Luke Elliot is a unique proposition. He's gained a level of what nowadays in the music industry is referred to as hype, yet in actual fact his work ethic as well as the artistic development he has embarked upon, harks back to the great songwriters of old - the stalwarts of the form who delicately honed their craft: the Leonard Cohens, the Bob Dylans and Tom Waits. Elliot, like these artists before him, has tales to tell, and the ability to tell them. Having started learning the piano at the age of 8, and writing his own songs by the age of 13, Luke developed a style that can only be described as timeless.
Over time, Luke's reputation also grew as an unmissable live act, but it would take someone of immense gravitas to cultivate this into a recording. John Agnello was just the man to capture this, and flew over from New York to Norway to work with Luke, having built his own reputation working with the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs. "The first time I heard Luke's voice; I knew he was super talented," Agnello says. "Then when I saw him play piano and sing, I saw that he was a force of nature. And watching him grow as an artist has been remarkable."
The result of their work together is a record of 11 songs that demonstrate Elliot's precociousness as a songwriter – a record that shows equal parts an aggression and restraint. Be it the softer ballads such as "Let It Rain On Me," or the forceful lead single "Trouble," with its desperate vocals and dark '60s, Lynchian guitars.