ILUKA ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE BLUE MY SOUL + IMPENDING EP TOUR DATES!

By February 9, 2017

After making waves with her singles ‘Paper Doll‘ and ‘12th Of July‘, wild-at-heart globetrotter ILUKA releases her anthemic folk-pop single ‘Blue Jean Baby’, and announces the release of her EP Blue My Soul. (Friday February 17)

Youthful and wistful, ‘Blue Jean Baby’ aspires to a life beyond a small-town existence. Alternating between debonair bouyancy and vivacious urgency, the track sees ILUKA finding release in personal freedom and the open road. Produced by Jean-Paul Fung (Jinja Safari, Bluejuice, Last Dinosaurs), ‘Blue Jean Baby’ wears its heart stitched proudly to its sleeve, liberated by a future of unbridled wayfaring.

ILUKA - Blue My Soul EP - Landscape - photo Tim Arney

 

It’s only natural that this notion of emancipation through escape is the very heart of LUKA’s upcoming EP Blue My Soul. The songs it houses are borderless, having seeded in a Buddhist Monastery in South East Asia, sprouted in India, and then finally blossomed in the expansive plains of America like rare desert flowers. Each has its own purpose in absolution, conjuring vivid landscapes and beckoning to the bohemian nomad soul that exists within us all. Blue My Soul is almost entirely self-produced and was tracked to tape as a live band at Sydney’s Linear Recording Studios. The result is a release that is simultaneously personal and empathetic in its rawness, joie de vivre and an “it’s the journey, not the destination” philosophy.

 

A spirited overachiever from the start, ILUKA’s previous single ‘Paper Doll’ received airplay on triple j. She’s no stranger to the stage, either – flocked by her live band, ILUKA has opened for respected international artists such as Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (UK), Bahamas (Can), and Allen Stone (US). As 2016 comes to a close, ILUKA looks poised and ready to seize the summer with her bright enthusiasm and music made for long, carefree, sweltering days.

 

 

Galloping ever closer to the release of her impending EP Blue My Soul (out Friday February 17), Sydney wayfarer ILUKA drops the empowering alt-folk title track as a single along with a free-spirited video and announces a whirlwind tour beginning in March.

 

Cathartic and ethereal, slow-burner ‘Blue My Soul‘ is a deeply personal exploration of femininity. There’s an undeniable strength in the song and its coven-esque video; and that power comes by way of vulnerability rather than in spite of it.

 

“I’ve always felt a lot. Often more than I‘ve known how to handle. We are taught not to feel, that being sensitive is a weakness in an overly masculine, production driven society. As a woman especially we are often criticised or ridiculed if we express ourselves in a way that is deemed inappropriate or unappealing. I wanted the video to challenge that and it kind of became this celebration of ‘woman’ in all her light and dark. In all her fullness of expression – the power, the vulnerability, the innocence, the fierceness, the raging intensity. There is no label adequate enough to define her. There is no ‘beauty’ magazine adequate enough to portray her. That is the feminine. Wholly and uniquely a mystery. And that is beautiful.” – ILUKA on the ‘Blue My Soul’ single and video

 

It’s only natural that a notion of emancipation through escape is the very heart of ILUKA’s upcoming EP Blue My Soul. The songs it houses are borderless, having seeded in a Buddhist Monastery in South East Asia, sprouted in India, and then finally blossomed in the expansive plains of America like rare desert flowers. Each has its own purpose in absolution, conjuring vivid landscapes and beckoning to the bohemian nomad soul that exists within us all. Blue My Soul is almost entirely self-produced and was tracked to tape as a live band at Sydney’s Linear Recording Studios. The result is a release that is simultaneously personal and empathetic in its rawness, joie de vivre and an “it’s the journey, not the destination” philosophy.

 

ILUKA’s laundry list of achievements seems to grow by the day. Her previous single ‘Blue Jean Baby‘ has seen triple j airplay and been put into rotation on Unearthed, ABC local radio, and Double J, as well as being added to various popular Spotify playlists like New Music Friday (AU & DE), New Music Buzz and This Week Sounds Like. There’s much to be said about ILUKA and her band’s gift for cultivating a carefree, energetic live show too – they’ve opened for respected international artists such as Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (UK), Bahamas (Can), and Allen Stone (US).

 

With a mammoth eight-stop tour set to kick off just as the fiery Australian sun loses its summer harshness in support of her Blue My Soul EP, there’s little doubt that 2017 looks to be ILUKA’s year.

 

TOUR DATES:

THU 16 MAR | THE PIER PORT, MACQUARIE NSW
 
FRI 17 MAR | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD
 
SAT 18 MAR | THE MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD
THU 30 MAR | SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE, CANBERRA ACT
 
FRI 31 MAR | THE GASOMETER, MELBOURNE VIC
 
SAT 01 APR | THE WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC
 
FRI 07 APR |  RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
 
SAT 08 APR | HUDSON BALLROOM, SYDNEY NSW

ILUKA - Blue My Soul - Tour Poster - Web

 

 

PRAISE FOR ILUKA
ILUKA automatically recalls both broken hearts and bygone eras – The Music
 
If you haven’t treated your ears to the incredible ILUKA yet, [we] implore you to do so. – Purple Sneakers
 
[ILUKA’s] soaring, yet smoky vocal and unique songwriting finds her positioned well beyond her years. – AMNplify