Wall of sound meets video game production in The Lulls eight-track album Island of Daughters. Consisting of Rutger Rosenborg (guitar/vocals), Ryan Miller (drums) and new addition, Max Idas (keys) the San Diego band has existed in some form for the past 16 years.
There’s a lot of unexpected turns on the dreamy, surf-pop collection — two of the tracks feature lyrics in French, and despite the shimmery, triumphant sonic overtones, the songs take on weighty and sometimes morbid themes. The album’s title is a tribute to their home state — a reference to the myth of Calafia, the Amazonian warrior queen who according to 15th century Spanish lore, ruled the island of California as an empire of black women. The album, which came out on vinyl only in October, also has unique visual components: their video for “Paris,” direct by Matthew Lawless, was inspired by “Paris Belongs to Us” a French new wave film by Jacques Rivette. Additionally, the band commissioned artist Kelsey Brookes and his 3-year-old daughter to create the album’s artwork.—Culture Collide