Hailing from the eclectic landscape of urban Texas, musician extraordinaire Walker Lukens pays tribute to the confusions in all of us.
Walker Lukens can sing, he can write, and he can play. Already acclaimed for his creativity and musical talent, one might expect him to operate without limitations, to see the world as his for the taking. Yet Walker Lukens is human, just like everyone else, and is equally subject to the myriad snafus and bewilderments of life. He confronts these everyday debacles in his song “Never Understood.” In the track’s new video, Lukens encounters personified emotions while trying to understand his abandonment by an offscreen partner. Faceless demons of confusion dog Lukens as he wanders, frustrated, through his thoughts. Distorted figures leer from shadowy nooks as a beautiful vision of hope and clarity dances just out of reach. In the end, all he can do is accept his disappointment and move on. Lukens comments,
“Sometimes you don’t get what you want. Sometimes you don’t get what you want and you have to do the work on yourself to get over it and stop acting like a little baby.”
As an artist, Walker Lukens cuts a larger than life figure, but his acknowledgement of life’s common aggravations makes him instantly more relatable. “Never Understood” is upbeat and comforting, despite its depiction of misfortune. By coming to peace with his lack of control over the situation, Lukens makes the song cathartic rather than just sorrowful. His musical finesse helps achieve this balance, with entrancing vocals and a fascinating mix of high and low instrumentation.
Watch the video for “Never Understood” below. Be sure to check out the rest of Walker Lukens’ excellent LP Tell It to the Judge and catch him when he is in your town.
Jul 5 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
Jul 6 – Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter
Jul 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Jul 8 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Jul 9 – Kansas City, MO @ recordBar