Luluc - 'Passerby'

Melbourne duo can't excite on their return

  • Release Date 04 Aug, 2014
  • Record Label Sub Pop
6 / 10
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

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