For those who like: Tiny Ruins, Gregory Alan Isakov, Mutual Benefit, Phosphorescent

passerbyLuluc, the indie-folk duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett from Melbourne, Australia will release their second album, Passerby tomorrow on SubPop.  Their debut, Dear Hamlyn, was a beautiful indie folk record, and Passerby builds on it, thanks to help from Aaron Dessner of The National, who co-produced the record with them.

Randell’s voice is just so gentle. It lulls you in over Hassett’s similarly gentle instrumentation, especially on the opener “Small Window” with Randell’s lullaby-like humming as she sings about the view from a small plane window. That song sets the tone, as Randell’s voice can seemingly transplant the listener to other places and other feelings at will. The acoustic guitar work on the record is fantastic, especially on the second track, “Without a Face”, which also features some horns and bass as it builds some layers upon layers.

One standout track is “Tangled Heart”, which is just absolutely gorgeous, incredible harmonies and horns and electric guitar that recalls Dessner’s work with The National and Sharon Van Etten.  I feel like that song is a bit of a turning point, as the songs become a bit more epic. “Senja” follows “Tangled Heart”, and, like the album itself, is another slow building song that gets stronger with each note. The album ends with two breathtaking tracks, “Gold On The Leaves” and “Star”, both featuring Randell’s flooring vocals, especially “Star” which is a perfectly executed ending to an album that’s just a great listen.

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