I have to admit, the first time I heard Luluc I didn't immediately realise it was a woman singing. To be completely honest that's probably why I liked them in the first place.
Zoë Randell's deep soothing voice floated to me across the room from my laptop as it rolled through a YouTube playlist of KEXP live recordings; when I returned to my screen, I was incredibly surprised to see her as the owner of these deep, brooding pipes. Her voice is rich and melancholy, filled with sorrow and wisdom as if every story she tells is a long lost fable. Pair this with Steve Hassett's harmonies, guidance, the duo of guitars, and the result is heart-wrenchingly beautiful music comparable to the great Joni Mitchell.
Now, maybe I'm getting old and cynical, but I kind of feel like everyone nowadays is doing some form of 'folk' or 'indie-folk' music - most of them falling into the ever-growing category of 'a Mumford band'. To me, Luluc are a return to what folk should be about – poetry set to music, verbal storytelling, stripped-back and minimal and able to reach in and touch your heart.
Luluc's album Passerby is out now on Sub Pop Records, and I'm secretly proud to say they are the first Australian artist to be signed to this label.