Luluc are an Australian indie folk music duo, consisting of Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. They are signed to the Sub Pop record label, which released their second album, Passerby, in July 2014. The band is noted for their understated sound which has won them critical acclaim and notable champions like Lucinda Williams, producer Joe Boyd, and Aaron Dessner of The National
Released on July 15, 2014, the album was co-produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, and recorded at his studio in Brooklyn. Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman, met and signed the band within 48 hours of hearing the master recordings.
Passerby has received wide critical acclaim and was listed as the top album of 2014 by NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson. The Wall Street Journal named "Passerby" as one of their best fifteen albums of 2014. Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National noted, "I've played Passerby on repeat, for months it was the only album I wanted to listen to.”
The album received 4 and 5 star reviews in Mojo, Bust, Allmusic and Lesinrocks amongst others. Passerby was No 1 added to CMJ radio in its week of release. Dave Di Martino wrote in Rolling Stone USA that the record is a "timeless, quietly special set" and that "Passerby is gorgeous and refined through and through"
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 have opened for The National, J Mascis, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Jose Gonzalez and Lucinda Williams among others. They have performed at numerous festivals around the world including; All Tomorrow's Parties (Curated by The National), Golden Plains Festival, Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival.
Luluc were invited by Nick Drake's manager/producer, Joe Boyd, to cover Drake's songs as part of the Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake tour and live album. Luluc's version of "Things Behind the Sun" was chosen as a lead single.
Steve sang backing vocals on The National song "Lean" which was recorded for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Luluc covered the Townes Van Zandt song "None But the Rain" for the More Townes from the Great Unknown compilation.
Luluc covered The Flatlanders' song "Keeper of the Mountain" for the Italian magazine OndaRock's Outlaw Country compilation.
Luluc performed the Doug Sahm song "Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day" at the 2015 Doug Sahm Tribute concert in Austin Texas.
Luluc collaborated with Xylouris White (Jim White (drummer) of Dirty Three, and Cretan Lute Master Giorgos Xylouris) on a cover of The Grateful Dead's "Til the Morning Comes" for the tribute album Day of the Dead. The project was curated by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner of The National (band), with proceeds benefitting the Red Hot Organization.
Luluc recorded at NPR Music's 'Tiny Desk' in September 2014. Host Bob Boilen remarked "I've spent more time listening to Luluc's second album, Passerby, than any other album this year. It's a calming, seemingly effortless affair: a marriage of graceful singing and storytelling, with guitars and textures that help create an unforgettable aura".
Luluc's songs "I Found You" (Season 6, episode 19) and "One Day Soon" (Season 6, episode 21) were featured on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
Luluc's "Gold on the Leaves" was featured on Season 10, episode 4 of Criminal Minds.
Luluc's "Star" was featured on Season 6, episode 6 of Parenthood.