Canadian indie artist chasing luma, aka Luke MacDonald, drops his debut album, you need to water flowers for them to grow, a sonic reiteration of his life’s greatest challenges.
From a small town off the East Coast of Canada, chasing luma picked up a guitar for the first time when he was eight years old. Songwriting began shortly thereafter. Later, he became successful producing dance and electronic music – a gold-certified producer. Yet he felt a divide between his life and his art.
After going through writer’s block, he found his way back to the passion he felt as a child, followed by releasing his debut single, “bittersweet,” and then three more singles, including “motions,” “paradise,” and “quitter,” all of which were praised by elite outlets.
chasing luma’s sound blends alt-pop and beat-driven indie with the deep complexity of chasing luma’s soul.
Comprising eight tracks, the album begins with “quitter,” opening on shifting luminous tones forming a scintillating tune riding a mid-tempo rhythm. Chasing luma’s delicious, evocative voice imbues the lyrics with warm, carefree timbres.
Highlights include “bittersweet,” with its sparkling, gliding collection of leitmotifs atop a contagiously pulsating rhythm. A personal favorite, this track brims with luscious washes of color and an earworm flow.
The dream-pop movement of “motions,” full of tasty alt-pop tangs, hits the sweet spot, merging low-slung dynamics with chasing luma’s creamy, alluring vocals. Whereas “paradise” rolls out on scrumptious alt-pop textures riding a bouncing rhythm that infiltrates listeners’ bodies.
“empty” opens on soft, gleaming colors capped by chasing luma’s whispery voice, and then ramps up to potent layers of oomph on the chorus.
Wow! With you need to water flowers for them to grow, chasing luma delivers yummy amalgamations of irresistible alt-pop.