With „Quarterlife“ Onk Lou releases his 2nd album and even the first tone makes clear – that guy is incredibly talented. He sounds as is if Casper was gifted with the vocal range of Justin Timberlake and the guitar skills of Andy McKee. It’s unbelievable how effortless it seems, when his voice is working through a pop album on the pulse of the time. You want to keep listening and dive into a world of beats and guitars, carried by that unique, raspy but soulful voice of one true exceptional artist.
„Quarterlife“ really could be his big break through album in countries other than Austria. In Austria he is a highly appreciated permanent guest on festivals, TV-shows and on the radio. In 2018 he became “Songwriter of the Year” by the “Austrian composers association” (“Österreichischer Komponistenbund”). He also got nominated for the biggest music award in the country in the category “Alternative”, supported the band “Granada” through Germany, Switzerland and Austria and played between 60 and 80 headline shows per year. His single “In The Morning” went on heavy rotation on all radio stations in the country.
Yet Lukas Weiser, Onk Lou’s civil name, appears more like a humble guy. A rather short, beardy man enters the stage, tunes his guitar, takes a scrutinizing look through the crowd and starts his first song. The crowd goes quiet and listens to him eagerly. At the end: Thunderous applause and countless fans more. As a street artist he earned his bugs from Russia to Spain and possibly played every bar with more than 2 seats in it. Laughter is Onk Lou’s secret weapon, he likes to fool around and doesn’t take himself too seriously. That’s what makes him a much appreciated interview partner. Always laughter ahead, always a witty joke on hand – similar to his new album: Humorous, lively and always up for surprises. Just as life is.
Already the opener „Cranes” assures you, he is not doing things halfway. That song keeps marching as if there was no tomorrow and soaks you into the album. From that moment on you’re on a wild, poppy trip that keeps you excited and holds on to you like Bubblegum. At times souly then dreamy, all of a sudden dancy and rock’n’roll … Little by little those 10 songs get stuck in your ears, conquer your mind and leave you with just one feeling: Repeat!
For „Quarterlife“ Onk Lou joined forces with producer Kevin Lehr, who himself has a successful producer-project called “Lost”. Together they’ve created a wonderful peace of art to have no rival.
Also worth watching is the documentary “Curtains closed: Concerts in a locked up world.” (Vorhang zu: Konzerte in einer geschlossenen Welt”). In summer 2020 during the corona-pandemic when regular concerts were far from possible, Onk Lou and his cameraman Robert Ziffer-Teschenbruck jumped on their bikes and cycled all through Austria to play garden- and living-room-concerts. A wonderfully, touching piece of history that shows how important live music is to us.
“The album of the Austrian singer-songwriter is a real insider tip and a real recommendation to buy.”
– Schall Magazine, DE
“This is simply great and “Bogus” a long-lasting pleasure.”
– Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, AT
“With his incredible stage presence and a sound somewhere between Frank Turner and Jason Mraz, he could hit the big time with this.”
– Planet Magazine, UK
“Humorous, energetic and unexpected – wrapped in a fat production garb.”
– Mag4You, HR