Luluc / Toledo
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Although Luluc’s music is at times masterful in its minimalism, it is anything but quiet in its impact.
Sonically, the band has broadened its tonal palette on its third album, Sculptor. This record follows a successful collaboration on Passerby, which was coproduced by Aaron Dessner of the National. Steve Hassett, a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer, mastered a wider spectrum of instruments to fully realize the album’s expansive and daring vision.
Hassett and vocalist Zoe Randell handle nearly all of the writing, recording, and producing, but their vision is far from insular. Recording took place in Luluc’s new Brooklyn studio, which Hassett and Randell built themselves.
The notion that everyone has control of their own story is at the core of Sculptor. For Hassett, it’s illuminated by the last line of the title track, which is the last line of the record itself: “The most beautiful, serene sculpture my hands could make, could trace, could break.” Notes Hassett: “All of the songs are playing with those ideas. Life is something you get, and you can get sidetracked for years and even destroy it, or you can remember that you’ve got some control over your life.”
Toledo is the Brooklyn-based project of lifelong friends Daniel Álvarez de Toledo and Jordan Dunn-Pilz. Their personable charisma, beyond-their-years technical abilities, and enduring love for each other are palpable in their songs and dynamic live show. Since their time at Berklee College of Music, they have established themselves in New York City’s live music scene.