In the midst of their first national tour, local San Diego band The Lulls dropped their debut record “Island of Daughters” after a string of explosive singles.
A relatively new band, The Lulls came to be after the dissolution of Ed Ghost Trucker following the departure of singer and keyboardist Michaela Wilson roughly one year ago.
“The Lulls are three of four members of Ed Ghost Trucker. So basically it’s just that one member split off. The other three stayed but we wanted to get new sound and a try a new aesthetic. So we reformed as The Lulls.” said guitarist and vocalist, Rutger Rosenborg while on the road to Boise, Idaho.
Although a San Diego band in every sense of the word, the sound of The Lulls is worlds apart from anything in the local scene. “Island of Daughters” is filled with beautiful harmonies, unusual time signatures and layered arrangements.
“We just like to try new things. It’s sort of the natural progression. We don’t like to repeat.” said Rosenborg.
Their debut record resonates with grooves and hooks. It is filled with songs about geography, femininity, and some even have a sprinkle of French. From start to finish, “Island of Daughters” is as insanely catchy as it is captivating.
Songs like “Answers” and “Morocco” strut and stutter, while “Calafia” elevates with its ethereal chorus. “Bruise” is a flat out pop gem; three minutes of musical bliss and California warmth. Follow up singles, “Paris” and “Tyrant,” deliver the stunning climax to their outstanding first record.
“Island of Daughters” was released on vinyl during their visit to New York.
A digital version is coming soon.
While The Lulls will be busy promoting their new record in the coming months, the band is already hard at work churning out new material and releasing music videos.
“We started writing new stuff in New York. We had a rehearsal space in New York. So I think we’ll start working on new stuff, maybe start thinking about recording something else. Something new,” said Rosenberg.
As for their music videos, all are visually stunning.
Videos for their songs, “Bruise,” “Paris” and “Tyrant” were released throughout the last couple of months prior to the release of their new record. “Tyrant” in particular being the standout of the three. A beautiful display of gender bending, the song itself was written from a woman’s perspective; an anthem for the underrepresented.
The Lulls are set to return to San Diego in November after closing the second leg of their national tour.
Catch The Lulls in their homecoming show at Pour House in Oceanside on Nov. 18.