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Do Pretty!

by Lulacruza

Folk / Electronica / Experimental / Environmental
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Serpenterio
2:19 $0.99
2. Pensar Bonito
4:01 $0.99
3. El Conocimiento
4:55 $0.99
4. Children
4:43 $0.99
5. Cueva, Utero, Trueno
4:21 $0.99
6. Doña Doña
5:22 $0.99
7. Utría
5:29 $0.99
8. Campo Sutil
1:46 $0.99
9. Orchard
4:05 $0.99
10. Maremoto y Gotear
5:22 $0.99
11. Escafandra
2:22 $0.99
12. Sheltered Me
8:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Lulacruza instinctively weaves female vocals, South American instruments, found sound objects and field recordings through electronic manipulation.

A duo from Argentina and Colombia, Luis Maurette and Alejandra Ortiz make primal songs which combine improvising, channeling and working with the tangible aspects of sound.

Luis has lived in many South-American countries and is fascinated by the universal principles that underline different cultures. Originally as a drummer and later using his laptop, he has always been exploring sound. This constant search took him to Mills College in Oakland, CA, where he studied electronic music.

Alejandra, on the other hand, has lived most of her life in Colombia and has a deep connection with the immemorial practices and sounds of the land. She sings and plays different instruments since she can remember. Her music is nurtured by being in nature, being in silence and by the possibilities of using sound for transmission.

Their debut album, Do Pretty! is a collection of contemplative songs that radiate outward in kaleidoscopic noise. It was recorded in Oakland, CA (USA) and Bogotá (Colombia), and mixed in Buenos Aires (Argentina). It features collaborations with Gregg Kowalsky, Ben Bracken, Quentin Sirjaq and others.



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Luisa Pineros

Connecting the analog and the digital
An Argentine and a Colombian make use of electronic tools to process voices, folk instruments and sound landscapes recorded between Ladrilleros, Tokyo, Praia do Forte and Boston. This is a very well executed work, with “primitive and luminous songs” according to Luis Maurette and Alejandra Ortiz. The perfect soundtrack for transient travelers, Lulacruza’s music provides a rhythmic trance, connecting the analog and the digital; with comforting melodies that propose an experience imbued with fields and rainforests. Be transported with songs like “Utría” o “Serpenterio”.

Alejandra et Luis, une Colombienne et un Argentin, incarnent Lulacruza qui pratique une musique, modernité et tradition mélangées, dans laquelle nos rêves, nos fantômes et nos coeurs vont se fondre, se perdre, se retrouver.

Heinrich Von Kleist

Delicioso y Bizarro, Ritmico pero Reposado, Onirico y Sugestivo.
Una de las ambrosías de folktrónica de lo que va de año. Argentino y colombiana forman Lulacruza, cuyo "Do pretty!" es de lo más delicioso y bizarro, rítmico pero reposado, onírico a fuerza de sugestivo de lo que va del año, y no digamos en castellano -los temas en inglés desmerecen: yo no los habría incluido, y no porque estén mal sino porque rompen la sabrosa atmósfera que cubre todo el disco-. Ruidos ambientes y el pulso del corazón.

Disfrutadlo, que para eso está.

Naomi Vibbard & Nathalie Bresztyenszky

Essential, Soulful, Brave
Seldom does a sound emerge so ripe and innovative. Lulacruza’s Do Pretty! is the divine culmination of the talents of Argentinean/Columbian duo, Luis Maurette and Alejandra Ortiz, weaving haunting female vocals with South American instruments and electronically manipulated field recordings. The album is a dreamy pilgrimage that takes you through sound-scapes that range from up-tempo, South American rhythms to more fluid, contemplative compositions. Ortiz’s lush vocals are a soulful salve and, combined with Maurette’s brilliant electronic layering, capable of producing a physical reaction akin to goose bumps. “Pensar Bonito” and “Utría” will make you want to move while more primordial pieces like “Children” will leave you feeling like the inside of your head has been wiped clean with a cool silk rag. Do Pretty! is brave in its adherence to what is the essential, spiritual essence of music. It’s sophisticated but unpretentious, playful and refreshingly devoid of any cynicism. Bjork lovers will definitely dig this one!

Phillip Sherbune

A strange, complicated, and charming album
Now that the novelty phase of electro-Latino fusion has passed and most of the faux-ethnic, cut-and-paste snoozedelica can safely be moved to the recycle bin, a new generation of artists is finding newer, subtler ways of merging traditional Latin American songwriting with subtly electronic production. Much like their semi-compatriot Juana Molina, Lulacruza favor acoustic guitars, intimate and idiosyncratic percussion, and voices; the Argentine/Colombian duo draws inspiration from Brazil as well as Argentina, with notable traces of tropicalia in the psychedelic swell of tracks like "El Conocimiento." Hazy drones hang over much of the album, whether the noxious, beatless "Children" or the strangely lurching "Cueva, Utero, Trueno," which sounds a bit like unplugged Cabaret Voltaire mashed up with demure pop vocals. Other songs, like "Utría," with its vibraphones, bells, woodblocks, and sinewy female harmonies, are more recognizably pop but no less rich or rewarding. A strange, complicated, and charming album, Do Pretty! does far more.

Todd Brown

beautiful, rare, remarkable
LULACRUZA accomplishes the rare and remarkable feat of breathing an organic, fluid, and earth-bound life into the world of electronic music. It is as if they took electronic music and opened up a sky within it where the rain, mist and sun can come in.

Alocables! - Los inrockuptibles

Gran Debut!
Texturas acuáticas, aires folklóricos, plegarias hipnóticas y paisajes contemplativos. Un gran debut.

Veintitres - M.M.

Lulacruza - mezcla delicada de animalidad y nuevas tecnologias
Qué sale de cruzar -musicalmente- a una colombiana de voz prístina y un argentino dotado para la instrumentación? Lulacruza, una agradable rareza, un dúo dificil de clasificar que recupera la musicalidad latinoamericana con un sentido moderno, de rico pop. Alejandra Ortiz y Luis Maurette se conocieron en una famosa escuela de música en Boston (Berklee). En lugar de imponer cierto virtuosismo -dominan el cuatro y la kalimba ella, el charango y la percusión él-, en Do Pretty! amalgaman sonidos tradicionales con electrónica y ruidos ambientales -guijarros acunados por el agua o voces infantiles grabadas de Brasil a Japón- que pueblan discos más inextricables, como Suite Patagónica de Sebastián Escofet. "El conocimiento" es un reggaetón tranquilo en el que Ortiz vuelca una letra de neohippismo, al estilo de su compatriota Andrea Echeverry (Aterciopelados). Cantados en inglés y en castellano, con orquestaciones que recuerdan a la experimental Björk, otros títulos, como "Cueva Utero Trueno" u "Orchard", dan una idea de una mezcla delicada de animalidad que dialoga con nuevas tecnologías en busca del ADN de Latecnoamérica.


Segues from intimate songcraft to experimental soundscapes with preternatural ea
Pair luscious female vocalizing with South American rhythms and instrumentation and you get… Lulacruza, but you're forgiven if you said Savath & Savalas. It's not so much that the two groups sound alike as that there are few such outfits in operation (in fact, the snappy funk pulse and South American vibe makes “Pensar Bonito” sound more like an out-take from Slicker's We All Have A Plan than Apropa't). Truth is, the oddly-named Do Pretty! proves that the slightly more song-oriented Lulacruza, comprised of Argentinean Luis Maurette and Colombian Alejandra Ortiz, is every inch a match for Scott Herren's S&S. Even better, Lulacruza segues from intimate songcraft to experimental settings with preternatural ease. The group's instrumental palette is kaleidoscopic with found sounds, field recordings, and electronics enriched by bombo, tar, maracón, tiple, and cajón.

Lulacruza's experimental side emerges repeatedly. Kranky artist Gregg Kowalsky lends electronic colour to the meditative “Maremoto y Gotear” while “Cueva, Utero, Trueno” struggles to maintain balance amidst opposing tensions, with Ortiz's voice a stabilizing centre for James Sinclair's electronic fuzz on one side and a percussion section on the other. Hazy instrumentals (“Children,” “Escafandra”) reveal the duo to be as adept at deeply textured soundscapes as it is vocal songs. Still, as much as the group impresses on other fronts, the strongest weapon in Lulacruza's arsenal is Ortiz's voice, an instrument of marvelous versatility and tonal colour. Her multi-tracked singing buoys the already-lilting “El Conocimiento” and proves entrancing on the lullaby drone “Serpenterio.” The tender ballad “Sheltered Me” closes the album in particularly lovely fashion, with Ortiz draping a torch-laden vocal over Quentin Sirjacq's ruminative piano playing against the distant echo of swooping bird cries. Do Pretty! impresses as a remarkably poised and assured collection, and even more so when one considers that it's the group's debut.

Andres Ospina

Lulacruza paints pictures with their music. The field recordings add so much to the vibe. This album is a good one to listen from beginning to end. Lulacruza is an example of how artists are taking charge of their own artistry in this new age of the music industry. Very Good!
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