It’d be an understatement to say Luke Temple is just another dude strumming on New York’s stages. His pop-based folk songs are immaculately arranged and composed, utilizing organic, orchestral and electronic elements. “I’m trying to take the guy with the guitar and put him in a new suit,” the Brooklyn-based songwriter says. In a way, Temple paints landscapes with his songs, much like he does in his other job as a visual artist.
Temple went to college in Boston at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and began playing guitar as he earned his degree for painting. He moved to New York when he was 24, playing “terrified” on the stages of small clubs until, of course, other talented acts caught on. He has opened for Death Cab for Cutie, Guster, Sufjan Stevens, Doves, Mark Kozelek and, most recently, Beach House. Additionally, he toured with Saddle Creek’s the Good Life and his song “Make Right With You” could be heard in a season three episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Temple has released two full-length albums, “Snowbeast” and “Hold a Match for a Gasoline World,” and a self-titled EP through micro-indie Mill Pond, which have sold a combined 3,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He also issued a five-song 7-inch through the limited pressing Seven Inch Project and has another vinyl project in the works for St. Ives. “I’ve noticed that people tend to buy vinyl before they buy CDs at a show. They have more pride in buying something unique like that,” he says.