Napier musician, Luke Pell will release his new album 'Otiose Me' today
under his stage pseudonym 'An Electric Heart'. He will also be playing at the Paisley Stage on Friday, October 9.
Pell wrote and recorded the album completely independently over the past 4 years.
"I pride myself on the fact that no one else was involved in the creation of this record. I played all the instruments, sang all the vocals, and mixed and mastered the record myself. I also produced the cover art," Pell said.
Pell's music is "80s inspired electronic".
"My music has been described as generally electronic and especially poppy, kind of Pet Shop Boys and The Cure, that eighties vibe. Ballads and Electro Beats'."
He has been a part-time musician for 20 years and started playing guitar and singing while at high school when he was 15.
"When I started, I played in various hard out punk and metal bands, but as I got older I developed more sophisticated musical tastes. I mellowed out a fair bit, and eventually got proper vocal training.
"These days I mix it all together; Sometimes I scream and shout, and sometimes I sing properly. As well as vocals and guitar I'm competent at drums and keys, but vocals are my main instrument".
'Otiose Me' will be Pell's third full-length album, and his 10th album release in 10 years. As well as electronic music, Pell also regularly plays acoustic covers at Napier's Cabana, and busks on Emerson St.
He is also a part-time filmmaker and involved in martial arts.
An Electric Heart will be performing at the Paisley Stage on Carlyle St on Friday at 8pm. He will be the opening act for PolarisRadio.
Both artists are 80s inspired and the audience is encouraged to dress up in 80's attire.