“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” —Molière
“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” —Leo Tolstoy
“Said woman, take it slow / and things will be just fine / You and I’ll just use a little patience.” —Axl Rose
In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent”.
So while it may seem like Randell and Hassett’s history is littered with all kinds of good luck—from their initial meeting to their relationship with The National’s Aaron Dessner, to their deal with Sub Pop, to grabbing the attention of Nick Drake’s producer—being in the right place at the right time isn’t just about fate. It’s about knowing when something feels right and having the confidence that people will respond when they’re ready.
Alto is an indie-folk band comprised of three UCLA music school undergrads: Jessica Jones (bass), Veronica Rogers (viola), Nicolette Yarbrough (violin). Their self-titled debut EP combines the girl's classical instruments, vocal harmonies inspired by the Boswell Sisters and an ear for catchy pop hooks, creating a singular new sound.Alto recently won the top honors at UCLA's prestigious talent contest, Spring Sing, and the release of the EP and its single "Vocable" has begun to generate buzz across independent music blogs.