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.
Luluc’s beautiful Sub Pop debut, Passerby, is only about a week old, and the band are already planning their imminent takeover of their record label’s hometown. For a three-day trip, the Australian duo will have to be militant to keep their busy schedule on track. If you live in the greater (greatest?) Seattle area, you have a number of opportunities in which to catch them live. Below is a handy list of times and places, some virtual, some physical, in which you can see Luluc perform. Make it happen, they’re really not to be missed.
Monday, July 21st - Free in-store at 7pm at Easy Street
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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