Luca Wilding – Heartachers

Luca Wilding releases his debut single ‘Heartachers’ this year; a unique and beautiful dreamfolk song, pulled from the myriad transformative experiences that have peppered his life thus far. Growing up in “the grey anywhere” of Greater London, Wilding never played an instrument in
his youth but did grow up around the gunslinger ballads and time-old story-songs that his family would sing together. It was mythical beauty of Leonard Cohen’s that first made him want to be a songwriter, however, and after divulging this information to a teacher and getting a mixtape in return full of the great singer-songwriters, he began writing. Lead single Heartachers is indicative of this outlook. While it was written for a friend in the early stages of dealing with mental illness, it could be applied to so many of us, in so many differing situations. “It was meant as a kind of call to arms,” Wilding says, “an invocation of the strength it takes to overcome the mountains of the mind. It tells the simple story of trying to love someone through all their pain and despite their sadness.” Led by a gently plucked electric guitar, Wilding’s voice is full of pain and passion as it drifts through the track’s first-half, before a bold splash of instrumentation takes the track somewhere else entirely.