A new release from Sub Pop Records is the delicate indie-folk album, Passerby by the duo, Luluc (Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett). Passerby is like an album of lullabies for adults. Randell’s voice has a simple and pure tone with a gentle vibrato. Her careful and quiet finger-picking on acoustic guitar creates an image of the wind causing ripples in the sea. Together, Randell and Hassett’s effortless harmonies bring together the best of Luluc: sweet simplicity.
Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE) hails from Melbourne, Australia where they released their first album in 2008, Dear Hamlyn. They moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2010, and after being introduced to The National’s Aaron Dessner by a mutual friend, they had the opportunity to record a new album in his garage studio. Dessner produced their album and invited members of The National’s touring band to contribute additional instrumentation to the project. Other notable people in the music industry have supported Luluc including legendary singer, Lucinda Williams and Nick Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd.
While the album is tightly crafted as a whole, the songs to pay close attention to are “Small Window,” “Without A Face,” “Passerby,” “Tangled Heart,” “Reverie on Norfolk Street” and “Early Night.” Passerby will require time and patience to listen to, but Luluc will provide you with a special view of the world and life’s fleeting moments with their vivid and poetic lyrics.
You can hear Luluc live (with J Mascis) on October 15, 2014 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lisa Fierstein, WYEP Music & Programming Intern