Larke is a young singer / songwriter from the U.K. He is currently based in Tokyo, Japan and this depth of experience of other cultures both informs and enriches his lyrical vision. He's been compared to Dylan and Cohen lyrically, with a strong ear for melody and catchy hooks. His songs are eclectic; ranging from folk / protest style songs to tongue-in-cheek witticisms, to pure pop songs and even dance remixes. Any fan of singers and songs that truly have something to say will find much to enjoy here. ------------------------------------------------ 'Songs' is the debut album from Larke and shows him covering an enticing variety of styles: 'Distance' and 'Mr. Tanaka & Mr. Smith' are pure acoustic numbers which showcase the songwriter's heartfelt, elegant lyricism, while those searching for songs with a pure romantic heart will certainly enjoy 'I'm Only Dreaming' and the lovely, simple ballad 'Melt'. 'A Phonecall From Mars' is a deceptively simple lament borne from the frustrations of long-distance communication, which displays an aching, bittersweet melancholy, delicious in it's expression of longing; also expressed in the somewhat accusatory 'Shed a Tear'. 'Revolution Tonight' and 'We Need Heroes' deal with the state of the world today with an ironic, almost facetious turn-of-phrase whilst 'Ten Minutes', 'Little MissSelf-Destruct' and 'Le Boyfriend' provide pure pop relief. Rounding off the collection are three bonus tracks comprising alternate versions of 'I'm Only Dreaming', 'Melt' and an amazing Euro-Disco remix of 'Le Boyfriend', which simply has to be heard to be believed. Go on, be nice to your ears, they deserve a treat.