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Orcas Set To Release New Album ‘Lulacruza’ – April 7th

March 31, 2015


Jumpsuit Records

7th April

Following on from the recent release of their visual album in conjunction with the prestigious French director, Vincent Moon, and electronic folk duo Lulacruza unveil their full­ length LP, ‘ Orcas’.

Sometimes one must travel far to find one’s self. For their fourth full­length LP, e lectronic folk duo Lulacruza traveled from their native South America to Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest. Invited by music tastemaker and SubPop Records founder Bruce Pavitt to record at a custom­built, state ­of ­the ­art studio on the island, Lulacruza ­ Alejandra Ortiz and Luis Maurette ­were so inspired by the nature and wildlife around them, they would ultimately name their new album after the pristine surroundings.

“This feels like a very raw and vulnerable album. Without being truly vulnerable and taking risks, there’s no possibility for love to bloom; sometimes one must dare to stay in dark places, which are the most fertile, for light to come through,”  said  Ortiz.

o be released on April 7, ‘Orcas’ is not your typical music. It is unlike anything you’ve heard, unless you’ve traversed the mountains and jungles of Ortiz’s native Colombia, sat at sacred circles and been witness to Native American chants, as Lulacruza have over their past decade together. The storytelling on ‘Orcas’ is rooted in South American ritual and folklore. Lyrics are inspired by both sublime love and the calmest, darkest hour before sunrise, as well as ancient forces like the feeling of reuniting with what feels like a twin soul from a past life.

The eight tracks on Orcas’  are Lulacruza’s most intimate body of work to date. They are also their most acoustic. While Lulacruza use electronics to add depth, space and to blur the lines between reality and fiction, South American indigenous instruments like the 4­ string cuatro, 10 ­string charango and bombo, a huge Argentinian bass drum, also gauge the dynamics on Orcas.’ On tracks such as “Comandante,” Ortiz bends her vocals like a soft blowing Colombian wind.

“We wanted to keep the intimacy of acoustic folk music and combine it with the physical experience of big deep bass lines that can only be achieved with electronic processing.  It’s an album whose experience really changes depending on what speakers you are listening through. Through small speakers, it can be heard as an intimate folk album, or in a system with subwoofers, as a deep entrancing, rhythmic album,”  explains Maurette.

It is with this intimacy that Lulacruza hypnotizes and brings their traditional folk music into the avant­garde. This dichotomy is also prevalent in their name. Lulacruza is a combination of Ortiz’s pen name “Lula” and the Spanish word “cruza,”  which translates to “combine,” as they combine ancestral music with modern technology.

o+ Lulacruza is an electronic folk duo operating at the junction of the modern and the ancient, blending shamanic and ritualistic influences with folk and electronic music. Lulacruza consists of Alejandra Ortiz from Colombia and Luis Maurette of Argentina. The two met in 2005 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where they bonded over a deep connection with ritual music. They soon formed Lulacruza with Ortiz serving as songbird and playing native instruments from a wide spectrum of cultures, while Maurette complements with electronic processing and sequencing, as well as percussion and charango. For their live show, they recently incorporated Pablo Paz (Argentina) on bass, electronics and percussion.

o+o Lulacruza has performed in over 50 cities in 5 countries and are rooted in the electronic music festival scene, playing at Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved, Decibel and Chicago World Music Festival. They’ve shared the stage with top musicians such as Thievery Corporation, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Beats Antique, Juana Molina, and Dakha Brakha. In 2007, they were chosen as Today’s Top Tune on Jason Bentley’s Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW. They have released 6 albums: Do Pretty! (2006), Soloina (2008), an EP of remixes called Canta (2009), Circular Tejido  (2011) and in 2015, will be releasing E sperando el Tsunami ­ Visual Album (2015) and Orcas (2015).

o+o+ Orcas was recorded, mixed and mastered by sound engineer Vance Galloway, noted for his work with Nicolas Jaar.  It will be available through The Polish Ambassador’s boutique label Jumpsuit Records as aname­ your ­own ­price download. Physical copies comes with two cds so you can give one to a friend and will be sold at the prestigious Club del Disco in Argentina and also available for purchase through

The album will also be available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

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