Lulacruza’s Rooted Beats: New Album “Orcas” Releases April 14th
Article by Grace Portillo.
I consider myself an open-minded person when it comes to music. There’s truly a few exceptions of genres that I dislike, or should I say wouldn’t prefer. The first time I heard Lulacruza’s music, I was seduced by their sound. It’s quite unique. Their ritual beats and grounded vocals had me fascinated. In my case, I was listening to their latest álbum Esperando el Tsunami for the first time while suffering from writer’s block during a project I found them incredibly soothing and as they set the mood, the ideas began to flow. As I completed my tasks, which were guided by their tunes, I was intrigued to learn more about Lulacruza.
There’s a lot of collab work from different artists in their latest álbum “Esperando el Tsunami” and not only musically. Vincent Moon, a French Independent filmmaker who has worked with artists, such as REM and Arcade Fire shot their visual álbum during their travels in Colombia. The music itself is already captivating but this piece adds texture to the whole experience.
Little did I know that Lulacruza has shared the stage with top musicians, including Thievery Corporation, Beats Antique, and Dakha Brakha, to name a few. They are an electronic folk duo composed by Alejandra Ortiz from Colombia and Luis Maurette from Argentina. The two of them met at Berkelee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2005. Since then they have collaborated, and have released 6 albums: Do Pretty!(2006), Soloina (2008), an EP of remixes called Canta (2009), Circular Tejido (2011) and in 2015, Esperando el Tsunami – Visual Album (2015) and Orcas (2015).
I came to find out that their new album, Orcas (2015) which is coming out soon under “The Polish Ambassador’s” label Jumpsuit Records, has been mixed and mastered by Nicolas Jaar’s sound engineer, Vance Golloway. I’m personally a big fan of Mr. Jaar, and after listening to Esperando el Tsunami I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Orcas is all about. As I investigated Lulacruza further, which has been surprising on different levels. I noted that their new album’s cover has been designed by one of my personal favorite visual junkies, Carolina Niño Buro who is a phenomenal Colombian Graphic Designer. You can check out her work here.
You can purchase their new coveted album on Itunes or BandCamp.