Luke Temple, best known as the creative mind behind Here We Goes Magic, releases his new album, A Hand Through The Cellar Door, today via Secretly Canadian. Full of insightful, devastating lyrics sung by Temples high-and-lonesome salve of a voice, A Hand Through The Cellar Door is in some ways Temples most straightforward collection of song-storying tunes to date.
Throughout, Temple creates small, confident stories with massive scope. There are tales of dysfunctional, broken homes and of dysfunctional, broken people. Take for instance, the unraveling presented in “Maryanne Was Quiet,” unveiled today alongside the appropriately dark video by Sam Kuhn, or debut single, The Birds of Late December,” which paints an exacting but impressionistic portrait of divorce through the eyes of an exceptionally wistful child. Album standout “The Complicated Men of the 1940s” concerns the sacrifice of a passing generation, where the heroes of yesterday seem like the stuffy, old guard to a new generation thats grown just a bit too entitled to their comfort.
On one of the years most stunning folk albums, the tales weaved are bleak, but the aura of hope never quite fades from the picture. Temple turns the tragedies of human folly into a celebration of our eccentricities.