Me and Jasper, from Luluc's third album Sculptor, is a confident challenge to smalltown insularity, lilting yet vigilant and championed by a defiant guitar solo from the band's friend J Mascis. It's a reflection on a common pitfall of adolescence: limitless possibility battling constant obstruction. "My own experiences as a teen were often fraught," says songwriter and vocalist Zoe Randell. "The small town I grew up in provided a great study in gossip, scandal, character assassination, and the willingness of people to go along with it." It's a song about fighting for agency on an album that is in many ways about volition, potential and how people can navigate difficulties and opportunities to create different paths.
Sculptor can be consumed loud, because while Lulucâs music is at times masterful in its minimalism, it is anything but quiet in impact. "Broadly speaking, with these new songs I was interested in the difficulties that life can throw at us - what we can do with them, how they can shape us, and what say we have," Randall explains. Sonically, the band have broadened their palette. Multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Steve Hassett mastered a spectrum of instruments to fully realize the album's expansive and daring vision. Randell and Hassett did nearly all of the writing, recording and producing themselves but their vision is far from insular. In addition to Mascis, Sculptor features contributions from Aaron Dessner (The National and producer of Passerby), Jim White of Dirty Three, Matt Eccles and Dave Nelson.
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6. Me and Jasper
8. Moon Girl
9. Needn't Be