Featured on the soundtrack to Clive Barker's "The Midnight Meat Train," Public Radio International, NPR and Echoes Radio, ALU blends Cabaret, Goth, Trip-Hop, Classical and Jazz into Unique Cinematic Soundscapes. Her Captivating Tales reveal a Timeless, Dark and Magical Underworld. (Similar to Bjork, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Fellini)
Alu's Lobotomy Sessions is...
-One of Echoes Radio Producer/Host John Diliberto's Top Ten Albums of 2008
-One of Echoes Radio Producer/Host John Diliberto's Top Ten Songs of 2008 ("Circus Cosmos")
-One of Echoes 25 Essential Albums of 2008 (Staff Picks)
-One of Echoes Top 25 Albums of 2008 (Listeners’ Poll)
-One of Hustler's Dirty Dozen - Twelve New Discs You Need - December 2008
-One of Echoes Radio Top 25 Albums of October and November 2008
ALU = Possession + Sorcery + Intoxication + Passion
Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Alu returns with her sophomore album Lobotomy Sessions . Often difficult to categorize, Alu's sonic explorations and confessional lyrics - sometimes playful, often bizarre, and always captivating - take the listener on a strange and surreal journey to deepest realms of the body, mind and soul. Her highly cinematic music is a kaleidoscope of classical, jazz, electronic, pop, world, avant-garde, singer/songwriter, and goth. Though comparisons sojourn through the likes of Bjork, Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Massive Attack, these are not based on likeness of style, but on originality.
Lobotomy Sessions features 10 cinematic soundscapes comprised of Alu's brilliant lyrical observations on modern humanity along with her crystal clear, jazz-tinged vocals and whimsical Fellini-esque compositions. Tracks range from Alu's confident cabaret swagger on "Buzzin' In My Brain" and "The Metrosexuals," to the medieval carnival vibe of "Circus Cosmos" and the gothic rhythms of "Black Cloud" and "Aahhh." Make no mistake, though, because the most important instrument on the CD is Alu's voice and it sounds no better than on the emotional masterpiece "Amy." It's simply breathtaking music from beginning to end.
Lobotomy Sessions is the follow up to Alu's critically acclaimed debut album Infomercial Gasmask. Regarded by the press as a "dark shaded masterpiece," Infomercial Gasmask launched a strong international fan base and led to vast interest from music supervisors and filmmakers worldwide. Consequently, Alu has lent her highly visual music to the film world on many occasions. Her soothing song "Last Lullaby" features in the controversial action thriller "Juncture," and a haunting remix of Alu's brand new single "Recluse" is included on the soundtrack to Clive Barker's latest film "The Midnight Meat Train."
“Uniquely spellbounding. Alu has an entrancing quality that refuses to be ignored.” -Aced Magazine
“Think Kate Bush on a broomstick. The world needs more artists like Alu.” -Campus Circle
“Alu's second album is a stunning record that drives you from start to finish.” -Comfort Comes
“She’s been compared to Bjork and Tori Amos, cabaret and The Addams Family. But rarely have those elements come together with the haunting, and haunted charm you hear on the three ring pyschosis of her song, “Circus Cosmos.” –Echoes
“It's got a fantastical element to it that will transport you some place quite unusual.” -Mainstream Isn’t So Bad
“Apart from being one of the most stylistically individualistic releases I have heard so far this year, Lobotomy Sessions is also one of the most consistent.” –Obscure Sound
"Alu may well be the most enigmatic performer in popular music. It has been a long time since an album so beautifully twisted and unique has hit the popular music scene" -Wildy's World