She’s The Voice winner from Belgium that starred as Hooverphonic’s frontwoman from 2018 until 2020. Her vocals graced Belgium’s Eurovision 2020 entry “Release Me”. Now, after Luka’s abrupt and unexpected departure from Hooverphonic, “Not Too Late” marks her debut outing as a solo artist. Yes, that’s right. Luka Cruysberghs — the singer-songwriter from Leuven — is now doing it all on her own.
Her experiences over the past five years have inspired her solo career. At just twenty years old, Luka has experienced many career highlights that many musicians can only dream of. Although some have called her a rough diamond, her measured confidence works perfectly on her melancholic offerings. And that’s the formula the Belgian singer is sticking to as she takes control of her solo work.
“Not Too Late” is a mid-tempo digital track that balances Luka’s vocal abilities with modern production. It has strong radio appeal, and works well as the first single from a long-awaited solo LP.
Luka – “Not Too Late”
Speaking exclusively with wiwibloggs, Luka explains:
“My first song ‘Not Too Late’ is an apology. The lyrics are about a relationship where she made a mistake – and she actually gave him a reason not to go for it anymore. Later, she realises that she needed him – and realises what she had lost. She asks him if she can have another chance.
I scheduled a couple of sessions with Domien Cnockaert at Durbuy Music immediately after my resignation from Hooverphonic. I had a few references of what I wanted to do, but there wasn’t really a clear line in it. The chorus of ‘Not Too Late’ came about when Domien was fiddling with a sampler on his digital audio workstation. At some point, he’d created a catchy topline for the chorus of the song. The rest of it came out of that.”
Whether this is a personal or work relationship, we’ll never know. Following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Luka was dismissed from Hooverphonic over a Zoom call. It was further revealed that Luka had worked with the group on an album that will remain unreleased in its original form.
The music video for “Not Too Late” was directed by Twan Brooks. It features Luka in a sharply cut black skirt-suit and knee high boots. With smoky smouldering eyes, Luka electrifies the screen with her presence. When she is paired with two female dancers dressed in black, she sways in and out of the choreography. Much of the video is shot in what appears to be a warehouse. It is simple but effective.
About the music video, Luka notes:
“I had a few very clear elements in my head; things I really wanted to have in my first clip at all costs. I sent my manager a mood board, after which he presented that idea to Twan Brooks, who eventually became the director of the clip. Twan and his team did everything the way I had it in mind. I simply love the result.”
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