Curlicues is the alter-ego of writer and recording artist Luke Foster, who grew up on a farm in remote Warwickshire. Early eight-track tapes were inspired by the likes of Nick Drake, Coil, Talk Talk and Robert Wyatt, and painted eerie impressions of a dislocated village life. Debut album The Long Transition combined delicate string arrangements with wide-eyed spiritual yearning, and was released alongside a haunting silent film that added a layer of mystique to the project.
Following a number of lost years in Saigon, Tokyo and Lisbon, Foster returned to the UK with a renewed perspective on the landscape around his Sheffield home. He began to write about his obsessions in The Eye, a digital zine containing arts reviews, essays, field recordings and photography. These explorations formed the conceptual basis for a limited run of short-form landscape poems, the bulk of which were written whilst riding on public transport to the north-east of the city.
Shaped in part from a series of lucid dreams, upcoming album Private Life pushes beyond the confines of folk balladry into a world of bold chamber-pop. We walk through scenes of conflict, apparition and decay, guided by language that constantly investigates and repositions humankind’s relationship with a menacing wilderness. In stark opposition to romanticised views of the pastoral, these songs situate us brutally within the cyclical death and rebirth of the seasons. Fate, memory, and the desire for reinvention are all placed under the microscope – if we hang so much of our cultural identity within our fields and rivers, what happens when they come under threat?
Foster is currently performing solo shows in the Yorkshire area, as well as collaborating with local 12-string guitarist and songwriter Matt Alexander in modern psychedelia band Mr Magpie. The duo are planning a DIY bicycle tour and working on their first batch of home-recordings. They are also co-founding members of The Landscape Pop Collective, a close-knit group of musicians and artists whose work is informed by psycho-geography, paganism, esoterica, and the outer limits of the natural world.
intimate and ambitious folk music… An artist developing in a world of his own.”
– Bristol in Stereo
“Naturally provides a bridge between the soulful poetry of the
Montgolfier Brothers …and the orchestral lyricism of John Grant.”
– L’Attimo Fuggente