When you listen to Luca Chesney you can’t help but draw comparisons to Björk. Strange drum patterns and vocal effects are combined perfectly to create hypnosis with every listen.
She is very obviously an artist who knows her influences and channels them together in a way that’s consistently interesting. She gave me a run down of what those influences are:

Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
“I grew up in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, we loved music but the selection available was pretty narrow. I remember one night in Santo Domingo (when the electricity was actually on) I heard Lauryn Hill sing in Sister Act 2. My small heart was on fire, it felt like a calling. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was big for me later on and is still one of my favorites.”

Sheryl Crow- The Globe Sessions
“A friend gave this to me when I moved to the USA just before high school. It was the first album I ever owned. Sheryl Crow’s raspy, messy voice was different than anything I had ever heard. Her older writing is so guts on the floor, this album in particular was vocally formative for me.”

Nirvana- Unplugged in New York
“First year of music college in Sydney I found this on someones iPod and listened on repeat for hours. More guts on the floor.”

Sia- Lady Croissant
“This is live recordings of pre-David Guetta Sia. This sounds ridiculous but once at a very small San Diego show in the old days, she picked me out of the crowd and asked my name and dedicated “Breathe Me” to me. She had this intensely beautiful, trance-inducing stage presence…Lady Croissant captures this so well.”

Jeff Buckley- Grace
“She’s the tear that hangs inside my soul forever.” His writing, his voice, his guitar, his whole thing…he perfected exquisite torture.”

Björk- Greatest Hits
“I listen to this album and am reminded that I get to make anything I want. The writing on “Joga” and “All Is Full Of Love” in particular is so simple and so damn perfect.”

Radiohead- In Rainbows
“My favorite album. “Weird Fishes”, “All I Need”, “House of Cards”, “Nude”…it is sacred songwriting ground.”

Jóhann Jóhannsson- Copenhagen Dreams
“The first year I lived in NYC was very solitary. I would walk the streets for hours by myself every night and would come home to my 100 square foot apartment and write. This album was the soundtrack.”

Nils Frahm- Screws
“This is my most listened to album for the last couple of years. Its mood is where I live a lot of the time, sort of dreamy, beautiful, calm. And no words means all potential. He said he broke one of his fingers so he wrote this album to be played with nine fingers.”

Kendrick Lamar- DAMN.
“I found it really difficult to choose between the Kendrick albums. We probably don’t deserve Kendrick but we are very thankful.”

Listen to Luca Chesney’s self titled album below:

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