Luluc – ‘Passerby’

Our rating:

Melbourne duo can't excite on their return

Six years on from their modest debut ‘Dear Hamlyn’, Melbourne duo Luluc return with 10 tracks brimful of folky acoustic guitars. Their main asset is Zoe Randell’s gentle vocal – her angelic voice is reminiscent of the husky croon of former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick, with a hippy ’60s spirituality emanating from her heart. The influence of ’70s singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan is evident in the softly strummed chords of ‘Gold On The Leaves’ while the elegant ‘Tangled Heart’ marks the album’s superb, slow-building apex, growing from the poetic verse to a warm climax of brass horns. For all its prettiness, though, ‘Passerby’ is a record that boasts about as much excitement as a gentle breeze, and its rewards are too few and far between.

James Bentley

Details

Record label: Sub Pop
Release date: 04 Aug, 2014