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Luluc released their debut album, “Dear Hamlyn”, in 2008; the songs were written following the death of Randell’s father. Dear Hamlyn eventually gained a large group of influential admirers. Peter Blackstock co-founder of No Depression Magazine, wrote of the album, “The most beautiful album I’ve heard in ten years.” In 2011, Nick Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd, also taken by Dear Hamlyn, invited Luluc to feature in his Nick Drake tribute tour. They contributed the tracks “Things Behind the Sun” and “Fly” to the live tribute album, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake in 2013.

Luluc went on to sign with Sub Pop Records and release the critically acclaimed albums Passerby (2014) and Sculptor (2018). This edition of Dear Hamlyn is the first time it has been available on vinyl.

Band Members
Zoe & Steve
Released March 8th, 2019

Luluc Dear Hamlyn

Luluc released their debut album, “Dear Hamlyn”, in 2008; the songs were written following the death of Randell’s father. Dear Hamlyn eventually gained a large group of influential admirers. Peter Blackstock co-founder of No Depression Magazine, wrote of the album, “The most beautiful album I’ve heard in ten years.” In 2011, Nick Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd, also taken by Dear Hamlyn, invited Luluc to feature in his Nick Drake tribute tour. They contributed the tracks “Things Behind the Sun” and “Fly” to the live tribute album, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake in 2013.

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Luluc went on to sign with Sub Pop Records and release the critically acclaimed albums Passerby (2014) and Sculptor (2018). This edition of Dear Hamlyn is the first time it has been available on vinyl.

The Wealthiest Queen from the Luluc album Dear Hamlyn. The film clip is a Lucy Dyson animation, inspired by the work of Busby Berkeley. Song written by Zoe Randell.

“Reverie on Norfolk Street” taken from the Luluc album “Passerby” available from Sub Pop Luluc Splitting time between their native Australia and their adopted home in Brooklyn, singer-songwriter Zoë Randell and guitarist Steve Hassett create luxuriously serene music that floats above the normal rhythms of contemporary life. Wistful melodies pull listeners deep into the dreamscape of their “finely wrought modern folk tunes”.

Having opened for Lucinda Williams, José Gonzalez, and Fleet Foxes, they collaborated with The National’s Aaron Dessner on the 2014 album Passerby, which won places on numerous “Best of 2014” lists.

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In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent”.

So while it may seem like Randell and Hassett’s history is littered with all kinds of good luck-from their initial meeting to their relationship with The National’s Aaron Dessner, to their deal with Sub Pop, to grabbing the attention of Nick Drake’s producer-being in the right place at the right time isn’t just about fate. It’s about knowing when something feels right and having the confidence that people will respond when they’re ready.

There’s no question that everything these Australians (who split their time between Melbourne and their adopted hometown of Brooklyn) have done in their lives has been leading up to this summer’s “Passerby”, their second album overall and first available worldwide. Co-produced by the band and Dessner, “Passerby” shows off all of Luluc‘s best qualities, retaining the gentle beauty of the duo’s debut, Dear Hamlyn, while adding extra textures built with the assistance of a cadre of impressive players. It’s the trophy celebrating Luluc’s airtight case that good things-no, make that great things-really do come to those who wait.

Listening to this record by Australia’s Luluc more than most other albums this year. These songs feel like they’ve always been around the simple beauty in Zoë Randall’s voice and the underlying tension and support offered by guitarist Steve Hassett create a perfect vehicle for storytelling. “Passer By” was co-produced with The Nationals Aaron Dessner in Brooklyn (where the duo lived for half this year), its a quiet album filled with gentle surprises and a beautiful aura of calm.