Sculptor will be available worldwide July 13th from Sub Pop, with the exception of Australia and New Zealand from Mistletone
Luluc has shared “Spring,” the beautiful new single and opening track from Sculptor, their forthcoming album. Singer Zoe Randell offers this on the song: “Broadly speaking, with these new songs I was interested in the difficulties that life can throw at us - what we can do with them, how they can shape us, and what say we have. That potential that is there for everyone, the different lives that are open to us. That’s what I love in Ise’s poem ‘Spring Days and Blossom’ - which form the lyrics to “Spring” - the brimming sense of spring and it’s cycle, the enormity of what’s possible and the beauty.”
Luluc will release Sculptor, their gorgeous third album worldwide on July 13th from Sub Pop, with the exception of New Zealand and Australia through Mistletone. The new long-player featuring the aforementioned “Spring,” along with “Heist,” and “Kids,” was produced and recorded by Luluc. The album also includes guest appearances from J. Mascis, Aaron Dessner (The National), Jim White (The Dirty Three), Dave Nelson (The National, Beirut) and Matt Eccles (Weyes Blood, Connan Mockasin).
UK Magazine Uncut just named Sculptor its “Album of the Month” (8/10) and said, “Quietly devastating….when Luluc really want your attention they don’t shout, they whisper. The strongest and most assured record of their career. The songs dig deep emotionally – but critically their aesthetics are well-balanced, the voice and instruments perfectly calibrated. While its predecessors had a tendency for introspection, Sculptor is wide open.” And NPR Music’s Bob Boilen raves, “I can’t stop listening…I’ve waited for years for this record (see All Songs Considered mix, May 29th).”
Sculptor will be available on CD/LP/DL through Sub Pop and Misteltone. Preorders from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser edition on magenta vinyl. There will also be a new T-shirt design available.
‘We spray our hair into submission, upright to attention. Marching to no orders, imagination has no borders. Well lucky that.’
On July 13th, Luluc will release Sculptor, their gorgeous third album worldwide on Sub Pop, with the exception of New Zealand and Australia through Mistletone. The new longplayer featuring highlights “Heist” [hear here], “Spring,” and “Kids”, was produced and recorded by Luluc. The album also includes guest appearances from J. Mascis, Aaron Dessner of the National, Jim White of the Dirty Three, Dave Nelson and Matt Ecles.
Sculptor will be available on CD/LP/DL through Sub Pop and Misteltone. Preoders from megamart.subpop.com will receive the limited Loser edition on magenta vinyl. There will also be a new T-shirt design available.
Luluc Sculptor Tracklisting
1. Spring 2. Heist 3. Kids 4. Controversy 5. Cambridge 6. Me and Jasper 7. Genius 8. Moon Girl 9. Need’t Be 10. Sculptor
More on Luluc’s ‘Sculptor’:
“Me and Jasper,” from Luluc’s third album Sculptor, is a confident challenge to small-town insularity, lilting yet vigilant, and championed by a defiant guitar solo from the band’s friend J Mascis. It’s a reflection on a common pitfall of adolescence; limitless possibility battling constant obstruction. “My own experiences as a teen were often fraught” says songwriter and vocalist Zoe Randell. “The small town I grew up in provided a great study in gossip, scandal, character assignation and the willingness of people to go along with it.” It’s a song about fighting for agency on an album that is in many ways about volition and potential; how people can navigate difficulties and opportunities to create different paths.
Sculptor can be consumed loud; because while Luluc’s music is at times masterful in it’s minimalism, it is anything but quiet in impact. There’s a before you hear Luluc’s music, and an after—a turning point that affects people with rare force. Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney says “it’s music that once you hear it, you can’t live without it”. The National’s Matt Berninger said that for months, Passerbywas “the only album I wanted to listen to”. “What first hits is that voice,” writes Peter Blackstock (No Depression),“a peaceful serenity that reaches deep into the heart.” When NPR’s Bob Boilen named 2014’s Passerby his album of the year, he wrote: “I’ve listened to this record by Australia’s Luluc more than any other this year. These songs feel like they’ve always been.”
That gripping, imperative quality pulses through Sculptor, perhaps to an even greater extent than on Passerby or Dear Hamlyn (2008). Randell writes with more experimentation and possibility. From the contemplative scene of “Cambridge”, to the churning disaster chronicled in the title track, the songs on Sculptor are there for the taking. “Broadly speaking, with these new songs I was interested in the difficulties that life can throw at us - what we can do with them, how they can shape us, and what say we have,” Randell explains. “That potential that is there for everyone, the different lives that are open to us. That’s what I love in Ise’s poem ‘Spring Days and Blossom’ - which form the lyrics to “Spring” - the brimming sense of spring and it’s cycle, the enormity of what’s possible and the beauty.”
Sonically, the band have broadened their tonal palette following on from the successful collaboration on Passerby, co-produced with The National’s Aaron Dessner. Multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Steve Hassett mastered a wider spectrum of instruments to fully realize the album’s expansive and daring vision. Randell and Hassett do nearly all of the writing, recording, and producing themselves, but their vision is far from insular. In addition to Mascis, Sculptor features contributions from several friends including Dessner (shreds on “Kids” and programmed drums on “Heist”) and Jim White of Dirty Three (drums on “Genius”) as well as musicians Matt Eccles on drums and Dave Nelson on horns. Recording took place in Luluc’s new Brooklyn studio, which they built themselves. The new studio is volition and potential in action and even incorporates reclaimed cedar from Dessner’s iconic former Ditmas Park studio, where The National and Luluc had both lived and recorded.
That everyone has control of their own story is at the core ofSculptor. For Hassett, it’s illuminated by the last line of the title track, which is the last line of the record itself: ”‘The most beautiful, serene sculpture my hands could make, could trace, could break’. All of the songs are playing with those ideas,” he says. “Life is something you get, and you can get sidetracked for years and even destroy it, or you can remember that you’ve got some control over your life.” But listeners of Sculptor may yield some of that control, even if for a short time, to the mastery of the music itself.
Luluc’s previously announced west coast and southeastern U.S. trek in support of album Passerby kicks-off tomorrow night, Thursday, September 17th in Seattle, WA at The Sunset and ends October 2nd in New Orleans, LA at Republic. (see dates below) Additionally, the band will act as main support for Jose Gonzalez (September 28th-October 2nd).
Passerby is currently available from Sub Pop and of course from your friendly neighborhood record store.
The album has earned Luluc international praise from the likes ofNPR Music’s “First Listen” & “All Songs Considered,” No Depression, Bust, RollingStone.com, MOJO, Magnet, Stereogum, Exclaim, Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, Tone, All Music Guide, My Old Kentucky Blog, Mess + Noise, Double J, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio (AU), and more. At radio,Passerby peaked at #8 on the CMJ Top 200 Chart.
What “They” have to say 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 is gorgeous and refined through and through, and likely to sound as timeless as all that great stuff Joe Boyd himself produced back in the late ‘60s.” [Review] - Rolling Stone.com
“Luluc has indie credentials to spare, but all that really matters is that this music is impossibly delicate and deeply beautiful.” [Review, 8/10] - MAGNET
“Strikes all the right chords: spectral melodies, buttery harmonies, and a blissful melancholia that hints at Nick Drake and Simon and Garfunkel without going to far into either territory. Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett might have created the year’s most addictive record to dates; from the predawn flutter of Opener “Small Window” to the shimmering heat of “Early Night” and “Star,” every track onPasserby begs to played again and again, preferably in the dusky sunlight of late summer.” [5/5 Review] - BUST
“[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
Tour Dates Sep. 17 - Seattle - Sunset Tavern Sep. 20 - Portland - Mississippi Studios Sep. 22 - San Francisco - Brick & Mortar Music Hall Sep. 23 - LA - The Echo Sep. 26 - San Diego - UCSD Loft Sep. 28 - Hollywood, FL - ArtsPark Amphitheater* Sep. 29 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre * Sep. 30 - Orlando, FL - The Social * Oct. 01 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse * Oct. 02- New Orleans LA - Republic * *w/ Jose Gonzalez
Pop & Hardly Art artists Danny Bland, Chastity Belt, King Tuff, La
Luz, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, METZ, and
THEESatisfaction, along with our friends Rat Fist (feat. Randy from No
Age), will appear at the 2015 edition of SXSW. Please find a complete
schedule for each artist below.
DANNY BLAND (Sub Pop) Friday, March 20th 4:00 pm / Book signing @ SXBookstore Address: Ballroom D Foyer at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
5-6pm / SxSW Panel: Books Are the New Vinyl (w/ Chuck D, Marc Gerald, Frank Turner, moderated by Rynda Laurel) Address: Room 16AB at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
CHASTITY BELT (Hardly Art) Wednesday, March 18th 4:30pm / She Shreds Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlie’s (Outside stage) Address: 900 Red River St.
12:00am / 720 Club Patio (SXSW Official Showcase) Address: 720 Red River St. (8th St Entrance)
Thursday, March 19th 2:30pm / Brooklyn Vegan Day Showcase @ Red 7 Address: 711 Red River St. 9:00pm / Gorilla vs Bear Showacse + Hype Hotel Address: 1100 E. 5th St.
Friday, March 20th 1:00pm / Gnar Tapes + Strange Victory Day Party @ Beerland Address: 711 Red River St.
4:00pm / She Shreds + Tom Tom Showcase @ Zen Fit Address: 2200 E. 7th St.
5:30pm / Third Man Records Showcase Address: Home Slice Pizza - 1415 S. Congress Ave.
You can now watch Luluc’s sublime new video for “Tangled Heart” from Passerby. NPR Music says of the video, “A montage
of mostly black-and-white found footage, people come and go, shuffling
to work or school, or wander the streets as nameless faces. They’re
anonymous on their own, but collectively offer a breathtaking and
prosaic portrait of humanity. Zoë Randell and Steve Hasset, the
beautiful voices behind Luluc’s acoustic ballads, appear as silhouettes
over the cityscape. “By the window in the afternoon,” they sing, “I sit
and watch the kids leaving from school. Little packs falling down their
backs.” It’s a simple, relatively small moment that pulses with life
(see “First Watch” December 3rd).”
Luluc has also added more dates to their 2015 tour schedule in support of Passerby.
The new dates include a UK tour supporting J Mascis January 7th-18th
and a southern U.S. run April 22-25th supporting Father John Misty.
Luluc also have scheduled a series of Australian dates which include
shows with Sarah Blasko (February 6th) and First Aid Kit (March 6th,
10th & 11th). Please find a complete list of tour dates below.
Dec. 04 - Newtown, AU - Newtown Social Club
Dec. 05 - Newcastle, AU - Ca,bridge
Dec. 10 - Perth, AU - Four5Nine
Dec. 11 - Fremantle, AU - Mojo’s
Dec. 12 - Adelaide, AU - Jive
Dec. 13 - Hobart, AU - Grand Poobah
Jan. 07 - Bristol, UK - The Marble Factory*
Jan. 08 - London, UK - Scala*
Jan. 09 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt*
Jan. 10 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge*
Jan. 12 - Dublin, IE - Whelans*
Jan. 14 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe*
Jan. 15 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction 2*
Jan. 16 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms*
Jan. 17 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club*
Jan. 18 - Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - The Cluny*
Jan. 19 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow School of Art*
Jan. 24 - Beechworth, AU - Beechworth Music Festival
Feb. 06 - Melbourne, AU - Zoo Twilights^
Feb. 13 - Mosman Nsw, AU - Twilight at Taronga ^
Mar. 06 - Melbourne, AU - Palais Theatre^^
Mar. 10 - Brisbane, AU - The Tivoli^^
Mar. 11 - Sydney, AU - Enmore Theatre ^^
Apr. 22 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater**
Apr. 23 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds**
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek**
Apr. 25 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater**
*w/ J Mascis
** w/ Father John Misty
^ w/ Sarah Blasko
^^ w/ First Aid Kit
ATTN NEW YORK: Sub Pop and Hardly Art are bringing Protomartyr, Obits, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Luluc, Gem Club, and S to the Knitting Factory Brooklyn this very evening, the 23rd of October. Doors at 8. This show poster is proof.