Walker Lukens

Never Understood (Modern Outsider)

Texas Platters

While most easily pigeonholed into the singer-songwriter slot, Walker Lukens continues defying categorization with this four-song release. When not creating noisy backdrops and playing carnival barker ("Jacket on Ya Shoulders"), the Austinite moves easily into Thin White Duke funk ("Lifted"). Slippery beats and hand claps on the near-gospel title track also show off Lukens' forward thinking compositional prowess while possessing a huge amount of soul.

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