Oslo-based American singer-songwriter Luke Elliot gets macabre on his new single 'William Tell', a dark and twisted murder ballad out now on all digital streaming platforms.
'William Tell' is the third single from Luke's upcoming album Let Em All Talk, due to be released via Icons Creating Evil Art on May 19th. The track is based on William Burroughs shooting his 2nd wife, Joan Vollmer, in Mexico City in 1951. Speaking about the new single, Luke explained, "I was always fascinated with William Burroughs," says Luke. "This song is about him killing his wife by placing a glass of whiskey on her head, trying to reenact the famous stunt. Burroughs was hiding out in Mexico, fleeing drug charges. After her death, he went back to the states and his career really began with Junky."
'Let Em All Talk' follows the release of Luke's evocative second LP 'The Big Wind' – a boldly textured and instantly immersive album with a film noirish touch that is simultaneously sleek and modern at the eye of the storm. Rolling Stone France picked 'The Big Wind' as its Album Of The Month upon release and referred to Luke as an “undeniable talent combined with a truly stunning voice.” MOJO Magazine in the UK called him “...a master of accessible, twisted, gothic Americana.”
Musically, an eclectic mix of influences pumps through Luke’s veins that range from John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Dylan to The Cramps, GunClub and Mink DeVille, to films such as Badlands, Pulp Fiction, Natural Born Killers. And his interest in film hasn’t stayed with music, it has also taken him to the big screen.
It turns out the multi-talented artist has acting skills as well. He performed his song ‘All On Board’ in the Norwegian TV-series hit Exit, Norway’s most streamed series ever, and he played against Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) in crime series Wisting.
'William Tell' is available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services worldwide. For more information, be sure to check out Luke's website and socials below.
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