Aching as blessing. Dreaming as living. Change as tenderness. Nature as solace.
These are the themes of Lofty Stills.
The musical project of Seattle-dwelling singer/songwriter Luke Culbertson and friends, Lofty Stills envelopes the listener in lush instrumentation and yearning tenor vocals, with comparisons to contemporaries like Bootstraps, Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, and Ryan Adams.
In October 2015, the single Every Fight was released, with cover art accompaniment by local experimental photographer May Xiong. This dreamy folk endeavor explores the complex relationship we have with ourselves and with each other.
In early 2016, Lofty Stills released the Lofty Stills EP, a 4-track that dives deep into beauty, pain, and loss. The EP provides an effortless fusion of swirling folk stylings, rich country undertones, and dream pop synths, with Culbertson's fragile, rousing voice gluing it all together.
Culbertson is currently hard at work on a debut full length album.
"Culbertson's arrangements are lush without overwhelming [his] delicate emotive tenor; his vocal harmonies doing the majority of the heavy lifting. Lofty Stills' songs arrive and leave in majesty vocal flourishes flooded with raw emotive force and yet there's no doubt Culbertson crafts his songs with meticulous precision. It's production is svelte but not too polished, spotlighting the roots in folk and country over Culbertson's electronic know how...[The Lofty Stills EP} is a stunning collection of songs brimming with beguiling intimacy and winsome sincerity and musicianship." - All Around Sound
"[Every Fight] is a complex, attention-grabbing track [that] provides the electronic drama of a Baths track with more acoustic guitar and strings. Here’s a voice to watch." - Independent Clauses