Louka

Album Title: Testing Your Patience
Record Label: self-release
Review by John Noyd
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Gorgeous chords flourish into exotic options while intoxicating stompbox romps saunter through roots-music traditions, “Testing Your Patience,” dazzles in dark and dirty flirtations, bursting in meticulous menace whose lively asides and meditative meanderings enchant in fancy fretwork and lyrical pirouettes. Incorporating years playing jazz, country and reggae, Louka’s impeccable sideman resume has laid a towering foundation for a diverse third album. Rambling mandolins dance alongside balalaika haikus spritzed in slick ricochets, locomotive lullabies melt into grooved rocking chair blues as expressive messages simmer in hospitable whimsy. Acoustic music layered in global kaleidoscopes and electric eclecticism, Madison guitarist Louka Patenaude’s skulking rock, foxy folk and baroque Americana turns wonderful conundrums into effortless treasures, a casual world-class palette colored in trotting chops, skittish licks and bluegrass flash.

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