Luluc’s Passerby, featuring the singles “Small Window” and “Without a Face,” is now available worldwide via Sub Pop. The album is also available in Australia & New Zealand via Mistletone. Passerby was recorded and produced by Luluc and Aaron Dessner at Aaron’s Garage in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York.
In celebration of Passerby’s release, you can now watch the official video for “Small Window,” helmed by animator by Nacho Rodriguez and featuring art direction by Sara Lopez. Boing Boing
premiered the video and had this to say, “From Luluc, the
Brooklyn-via-Australia duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett comes “Small
Window,” a dreamy lullaby of exquisite indie folk from their album Passerby.
The beautiful animated video…isn’t so much something you watch, but
rather a strange and wonderful place you travel through.” Watch the video here.
Luluc’s Passerby has earned the duo international praise from the likes of NPR Music’s “First Listen” & “All Songs Considered,” NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” Stereogum, Exclaim, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, My Old Kentucky Blog, Mess + Noise, Double J, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio (AU), and more. At radio, Passerby was the #1 most added album with CMJ reporters, which led to the group gracing the cover of the magazine.
In related news, Luluc have scheduled a few radio sessions including WFUV in New York (airdate TBA) and KEXP in Seattle (July 22nd). The duo were also recently interviewed for NPR’s “Weekend Edition”, where they discussed the creation of Passerby, their songwriting process and influences (see “Weekend Edition Saturday” July 5th).
Luluc has also scheduled a few live performances, including: July 22nd in Seattle, WA at Fremont Abbey and July 25th in Los Angeles, CA at Bootleg HiFi. Additional tour dates to be announced shortly.
Passerby is now available via Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes and Amazon. All customers who purchase the LP version of Passerby via megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited “Loser Edition” of the album on teal-colored vinyl. In addition, every pre-order placed for either the LP or CD versions of the album will also receive a lithograph art print signed by the band, while supplies last.
Jul. 22 - Seattle, WA - Fremont Abbey
Jul. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
What people are saying about Luluc:
Passerby provides a tremendous introduction to a band whose deliberate impeccability never feels staid or fussy. It helps that The National’s Aaron Dessner, who knows a little something about impeccability, leaves his fingerprints all over these songs: He produced Passerby with Randell and Hassett, and he provides a good bit of the rich but spare backing instrumentation throughout. Dessner and Luluc both know how and when to let a song breathe.” [First Listen] - NPR Music
“Passerby skilfully turns quiet melancholy and dignified sadness into a thing of subtle beauty.’ [Review] - Drowned In Sound
“While the track features wonderfully playful, minimalist piano plinks and slim guitar strums, it’s Zoë Randell who takes control with her shushed hums and longing lines that have her reminiscing about “those I love far from here”” [“Small Window”] - Exclaim!
“Heavy in gentle guitar strumming and angelic vocals” [“Small Window”] - My Old Kentucky Blog
“[It] captures the band’s homespun charm in its main melody which sits over spindly strings that move like ripples in still water.” [“Without a Face”] - Stereogum
“It’s a gloriously entrancing piece of music. Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett seem to swirl around one another, the gentle arrangement allowing Randell’s beautiful voice full space to express itself.” [“Without a Face”] - CLASH
“Passerby sounds eerily timeless, nodding strongly to the English folk tradition of the late 1960s (think Fairport Convention and Pentangle) without feeling dusty or dated” - MESS + NOISE
“A restrained collection of tender songs… The darkness of the duo’s music is where much of the beauty is, and it gives these songs layers; there’s more to them than a casual listen may suggest” [Feature] - DOUBLE J (AU)
“It retains the warm fragility of their first release which gained Zoe and Steve much respect… their work should be heralded loud and long.” [Album of the Week] - ABC RADIO (AU)
“The Aaron Dessner-produced LP largely preserves the hushed minimalism of its predecessor, although the six-minute centrepiece “Tangled Heart” – an opus about expat life in New York – boasts lyrical reference to Nico Muhly and players from Bon Iver, Beirut, and the National. It’s a long way from home for the folkie duo…But when Randell sings “gum trees put me at ease”, in “Gold On The Leaves,” the distance melts away.” [Review] - Sydney Morning Herald