San Diego-based award-winning cerebral alt-rock outfit Sluka recently released the first single/music video/title track from their forthcoming album, slated to drop October 1, 2021.
Produced and engineered by Grammy-winner Alan Sanderson at Pacific Beat Recording Studio, along with band leader Christopher Sluka (keys, guitar, vocals, songwriter), “Figure It Out” features the talents of Michael Bedard (drums), Nico Hueso (violin, viola), Erdis Maxhelaku (cello), Brad Steinwehe (trumpet), Jordan Morita (trombone), and Jesse Audelo (orchestral arrangements).
Originally from the Seattle area, Christopher Sluka grew up living around the world, leading to his music manifesting cosmopolitan savors. Initially, Christopher immersed himself in NYC’s club scene, along with artists like Tears For Fears, INXS, Talk Talk, and Simple Minds, followed by laying down a track in L.A., followed by playing in Japan, where he immediately gained popularity.
Since then, he has recorded eleven studio albums, developing and evolving his unique sound, and collected a well-deserved reputation for dazzling live performances, selling out concerts around the globe, appearing on TV, being interviewed on radio, and receiving features in myriad publications.
Multi-talented, Christopher is also a celebrated artist, producing surrealistic oil paintings displayed in the world’s top art galleries. He’s also an ardent distance runner and a pilot, owning a flight school in SoCal.
“Figure It Out” opens on emerging symphonic colors flowing into rumbling, Jovian drums, and then rolls into an orchestral-rock-flavored track vaguely reminiscent of The Who’s rock operas merged with the vibrancy of Queen. Layers of sparkling hues intertwine into plush sonic confections.
Rising and falling harmonics reflect gorgeous symphonic textures, as well as revved-up rock surfaces. Christopher’s high tenor imbues the lyrics with operatic passion and delicious tonal nuances. Radiant strings give the tune lush gossamer tendrils as gleaming guitars add scintillating coloration.
Grand and lusciously ambitious, with “Figure It Out” Sluka elevates their ever-evolving sound to new, resplendent heights.