"Gorgeous and refined...timeless" - Rolling Stone (USA)
"Luxuriant vocals...emotionally compelling...4/5" - MOJO (UK)
"This year's most addictive record to date...5/5" - Bust (USA)
"Deliberate impeccability" - NPR (USA)
Melbourne born, Brooklyn dwelling indie-folk duo Luluc have announced a national tour to launch their much celebrated album, Passerby, in November and December. Luluc have garnered much praise since Passerby was released in Australia/NZ on Mistletone and Sub Pop Records in the rest of the world. The second full-length release for the duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett, and the first Luluc album released worldwide, Passerby was co-produced with The National's Aaron Dessner. Passerby has won the hearts of many listeners in the duo's homeland of Australia, where it's been a radio favourite -- it won Feature Album on Double J, ABC Radio National, 3RRR Melbourne, 2SER Sydney and RTR Perth. And in the USA, Passerby won the coveted # 1 "Most Added" on college radio and landed Luluc on the front page of CMJ's "Radio 200".
Australian audiences might have heard The National's frontman, Matt Berninger, raving about Luluc when they opened for The National in February; "I've played Passerby on repeat", said Berninger, "for months it was the only album I wanted to listen to". High praise has also come from Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman, who called Luluc's music "bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent”. And Lucinda Williams, who's brought Luluc out on tour with her in Australia and the US, declared: "I think Zoe's lyrics are remarkable and together, she and Steve make musical magic. She has that kind of voice that, when it's wrapped around the right words, can make you cry. It did me.” Such praise from the highest quarters has been coupled with an outstanding global critical reception -- #1 Most Added on college radio, starring in NPR's First Listen and Weekend Edition, filming a "Tiny Desk" performance for NPR's All Songs Considered and a session for Seattle station KEXP, a cover story in No Depression magazine. Add to that Luluc's many career achievements, such as being handpicked by legendary producer Joe Boyd for his Nick Drake tribute concerts, being handed the keys to The National's studio to record their album, a forthcoming national US tour with J Mascis -- and of course, signing with Sub Pop -- and you have a stellar trajectory of international inroads that most Australian bands can only dream of.
Luluc now return home to share their beautiful music with Australian audiences with an eagerly awaited national tour, presenting their exquisitely hushed songs in intimate venues. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. Passerby is out now on vinyl, CD and digital release on Mistletone Records via Inertia.