Most of Luke Janela’s music doesn’t really shy away from emotion, rawness and “big” topics, and ” song is no exception.
The song “dweller“ is the final track off Luke’s album new album ‘DEEP ARCHER.’ The album is an exploration the afterlife, or, as metaphor of loss + change, and the transformation that comes of it. Love may never end but its story can go from a shared story to a private one. Each song represents in itself a journey and has an extended “bridge”, as does the album as a whole. Listen here
Luke explains: “I’ve been putting music out for 20 years now and this is the first album that I truly, actually, really meant it to myself when I followed through on not doing it FOR success or FOR attention or FOR people to like me or FOR anything else but to make it, because it’s what I do. It can be hard for someone like me to reach that point. But for me it feels like a crossing over and I’m stoked on it.”
Luke Janela is a cellist/singer/guitarist/songwriter from California. He lays lush foundations of sound, utilizing his cello and guitar in tandem with his uniquely passionate vocals. The music is urgent and innovative, moving through genres and visuals like a big river.
From the woods of Northern California to the drizzly streets of Portland, OR, to the bright dry lights of Los Angeles, he has played hundreds of stages. Always self-produced, and not easily categorized, his albums have shown a fierce independence.
In Janela’s hands the cello is as at home in the roar of a rock club as in cloistered concert halls. In moments of sweet sonic revery, hints of Bach will float along among more deep and raucous sounds.
He has been featured in the Portland Mercury and SF Weekly and has collaborated with well known and underground artists including Alela Diane, Adam Carson (AFI), Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Mariee Sioux, Aaron Ross, and Molly Allis (Huff This!).
He also performs as Midnight Door. A blend of dreamy cello, heavy beats, aching melodies, and smart, emotional vocals.
His discography of his solo work alone numbers more than one can count on both hands. Add in collaborations with songwriters and bands and the network of associations begins to get more vast. Or perhaps, looking at it the other way around, the wide swath of influences begin to explain his singular sound.