“Louque-pronounced Luke- offers music with meat on its bones. So Long, the bands debut, is electronic and reggae, alternative and hip hop, ballad-soft and rock sure. And it satisfies with every spin. The Brooklynite brings into his tunes all the elements of his native New Orleans-a touch of blasphemy and reverent respect that informs all of So Long- as well as the blues, country and rock and roll.”
“This Cajun-by-way-of-New York combo, led by Louisiana's Dustan Louque (pronounced "Luke"), have coined the word "faya" for their unique blend of sounds. The term refers to dancehall flavor and urban funk-the primary styles Louque draws from-as well as healthy doses of dub, folk, Southern soul, and alterna hip hop. Louque's grainy croons rumble comfortably, giving pace to the slow-moving, blunted Bayou vibe that is the main thrust of So Long. The backwoods/island melange remains laid back while kicking your mood up a few notches(ha). From the nostalgic beats of "Still in Waiting" to the raw yet happy pleas of "Art" and the mind blowing cover of Mazzy Star's "Cry Cry"(on which Louque plays wonderful tribute to that song's original voice, Hope Sandoval), there is a down home quality to So Long that will make you want to curl up with it.”
“Born and raised in Louisiana, frontman Dustan Louque took his Cajun-influenced stylings north to the land of the Strokes and honey-trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
On his debut, So Long, Louque dips his sun-drenched voice into a gumbo of soul, trip-hop, New Orleans funk, and dance hall dubbed "Faya". We have no idea what it means, but we like it.
Esquire says, "Sounds like Jack Johnson and Dr. John bonding over a Best Buy shopping cart's worth of electronics.
Prophecy:Already Bonnaroo certified, Louque's future looks brightest on the hippie tour circuit, where sharp musicianship and dreamy soundscapes do well. He's also a Neptune's remix away from a massive dance-floor hit.”
“On his debut album, So Long, Louisiana ex-pat Dustan Louque (pronounced, in the fine Cajun tradition, Luke) takes the best of his St. James Parish upbringing, adds a touch of his current home - hipster haven Williamsburg, Brooklyn- and comes out with a stellar record full of heart and, most of all, soul.
It shouldn't be surprising that a man raised on equal parts Ice-T and Fats Domino has the ability to blend genres, but Louque's knack for combining elements of soul, R&B, hip hop, dancehall and New Orleans funk with such a subtle touch is hypnotically breathtaking. His smooth yet powerful voice provides the lynchpin that holds together each variation of style. From the languishing ache of "Perique" to the backbeat funk kick of "Kenny the Jet" and all of the flavors in between, Louque serves up a platter full of mighty mean musical gumbo.”