Luluc - Dreamboat
Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, the Australian couple who play together as Luluc, have spent recent years in New York City, and the stillness projected in their songs can seem comically at odds with their surroundings. On occasion, though, the tension crawls into the music. Throughout “Dreamboat,” Luluc’s fourth album, Randell’s singing is crystalline and unflappable, with a strange beauty that verges on creepy—it’s the kind of voice that, on a movie soundtrack, portends unspeakable doom. In keeping with past records, many of the most effective moments come when the music subtly chafes against the calm of the vocals, as on “Emerald City,” produced by the duo with Aaron Dessner. Spare and haunted, with electronic sputters that ominously circle Randell’s singing, the song evokes the big-city experience: claustrophobic, anxiety-inducing, and, even in its darkest moments, vaguely thrilling.