alu

alu

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Featured on NPR, Echoes Radio & Clive Barker's latest soundtrack, ALU blends Cabaret, Goth, Trip-Hop & Jazz into Unique Cinematic Soundscapes. Her Captivating Tales reveal a Timeless, Dark & Magical Underworld. (Sim to: Bjork, Kate Bush, Fellini)

Biography

Alu is Featured on the Soundtrack to Clive Barker's "The Midnight Meat Train", NPR and Echoes Radio...

Alu's New Album "Lobotomy Sessions" is...

-Nominated for two 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards (Best Album & Best Song: "Buzzin' in my Brain")

-Echoes Radio Producer/Host John Diliberto's #1 Song of 2008 ("Circus Cosmos")

-One of Echoes Radio Producer/Host John Diliberto's Top 10 Albums of 2008

-One of Echoes 25 Essential Albums of 2008 (Staff Picks & Listeners’ Poll)

-One of Hustler's Dirty Dozen - Twelve New Discs You Need - December 2008

-One of Collected Sounds Top 20 Albums of 2008

-An Editor's Pick and Top Seller on CDBaby.com

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

Lyrics

Buzzin' in my Brain

Written By: Alu

There’s a buzzin’ in my brain
I really can’t explain.
I think about it before they make me go to bed.

There’s a dream inside my soul.
Don’t wanna let it go.
I talk about it to the friends inside my head.

I wear my straitjacket at night
so someone can hold me tight.
The blue one makes me sleepy
and then I feel alright.

There’s a buzzin’ in my brain
the nurse tried to explain.
She says it’s from the current of electricity.

There’s an aching in my heart
I felt right from the start.
Too bad the buzzin’ has replaced my memory.

Cuz if I make it out alive,
I’ll meet you in the sky.
We’ll buzz around like bees
and talk about world peace.

If you want me to, I could love you.
If you want me to, I probably could love you.
If you want me to, I could love you.
And if you want me to, I probably could love you.

© 2008 ALU Music

Circus Cosmos

Written By: Alu

I saw you in my bedroom again last night
croaking on a toadstool with your bagpipe.
I saw you in the corner sipping Singapore Slings
with the lizards and dragons and fairy-tale kings.

“Welcome to Small Town,” she says to me.
“We’ve got endangered species and absinthe dreams.”
The flowerbeds are blooming on my windowsill.
Bombs keep falling. The army’s dressed to kill.

You are the photograph I’ve never seen.
You are my phantom, the fountain of dreams.
I’ve been living in a mortuary my whole life long.

There’s a vampire in the closet smiling at me.
He casts spells with chocolate and coconut cream.
The rabbit hole is waiting outside my cave.
My tightrope is burning. We must be saved.

You are the photograph I’ve never seen.
You are my phantom, the fountain of dreams.
I’ve been living in a mortuary my whole life long, my whole life long.

And if I could, I’d film my dreams
and show you what’s inside.
We’d watch them on the silver screen
and you would run and hide.

And if I could, I’d chop up my brain
and show you what’s in there.
We’d fly her on a big jet plane
in a box that says “Handle with Care.
First Class for Major Repairs”

You are the photograph I’ve never seen.
You are my phantom, the fountain of dreams.
I’ve been living in a mortuary my whole life long, my whole life long, my whole life long, my whole life long.

© 2008 ALU Music

Recluse

Written By: Alu

I’m a recluse, baby.
I don’t know what to do.
I’m a recluse, baby.
I don’t know what to do.

I’m a recluse, baby. (I don’t know why).
I’m a recluse, honey. (I don’t know why).
I’m a recluse, baby.
I don’t know what to do.
Visiting hours begin at noon.

Can you hear me, baby? (I hope you hear me).
Can you hear me, darling? (I hope you do).
I’m a recluse, baby.
I don’t know what to do, to do.

If you want to see me (I’m just a recluse),
better wait in line (Just a recluse).
If you want to see me,
please schedule a time.

I’m a recluse, baby
and I’m feeling fine.
If you make me move,
I can’t make you mine.
(4xs)

Cuz I’m a recluse, baby.
I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know what to do.
I’ll see you in my room, my room.

© 2008 ALU Music

Martian Rendezvous

Written By: Alu

Flying in the sky to a place I’ve never known.
Feeling oh so high cuz I’m finally going home.
Following the Sun in my best space suit.
My family is waiting. What will I say?

Life on Mars is not that far.
Everyone is waiting there.
If you believe in Life on Mars,
boy, I will take you there.
My boy, I’d love to take you there.

Feeling uninspired by the humanoids on Earth.
Teacup travelers are the ones who know the truth.
Floating slowly to Mars. Hookah dreams can go far.
Mom and Dad are waiting. What will they say?

Life on Mars is not that far.
Everyone is waiting there.
If you believe in Life on Mars,
boy, I will take you there.
My boy, I’d love to take you there.

Purple Galaxy. Land of the Free.
Wizard Dreams and Martian Schemes-
That is where I’ll be.
Won’t you sail with me to infinity?
Playground rocks and lemon drop tea-
Won’t you go to Mars with me?

© 2008 ALU Music

Casket Salesman

Written By: Alu

I fell in love with a casket salesman.
I don’t know who he is or where he came from.
He wraps me in blue velvet for slumber sessions
But I can’t sleep and I can’t speak.
He sold my soul to the devil in exchange for a hot air balloon. But I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care.

Cuz, baby, when I look at you,
I don’t care what you say or do
to me. I believe.
You’re the one I’m dreaming of.
Baby, this is graveyard love.
Can’t you see? You’re killing me.
With you is where I wanna be.
Baby, won’t you bury me?
Please, my casket salesman.

We tap-dance on tombstones until the sun awakens.
I got my owl eyes open just in case he’s a-fakin’
He throws away my love like it’s a paper aero-plane.
Fly away. Fly away.
He traded in my broomstick for a lousy magic carpet ride.
But I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care.

Cuz, baby, when I look at you,
I don’t care what you say or do
to me. I believe.
You’re the one I’m dreaming of.
Baby, this is graveyard love.
Can’t you see? You’re killing me.
With you is where I wanna be.
Baby, won’t you bury me?
Please, my casket salesman.

So, who are you my casket salesman?
We’ve got all the time in the world to find out.
Wake me on the other side.
Baby, with you I’d like to kill some time.

So, who are you my casket salesman?
We’ve got all the time in the world to find out.
Wake me on the other side.
Baby, with you I’d like to kill some time.
Baby, with you I’d like to kill some time.
Bury me beside you and we’ll kill some time.
Bury me beside you and I’ll make you mine.

© 2008 ALU Music

Discography

Still: Echoes Living Room Concerts Volume 15: Features a Live In-Studio Performance of Alu's song "Recluse" (2009)

Clive Barker's "The Midnight Meat Train" Soundtrack (Remix of Alu's song "Recluse") (Lakeshore Records, July 2008)

ALU = "Lobotomy Sessions" (Alu Music, July 2008)

Digital Bliss Volume 1 compilation: (Alu: "Confessions to the Undertaker") (Boutique Electronique Records, 2007)

Music in A Net Volume 1 compilation (Alu: "Last Lullaby") (2006)

Novocain: Alu provides special guest back-up vocals on the track "Heartbeat" (Blue Pie, Mugatu Records, 2005)

ALU = "Infomercial Gasmask" (Alu Music, 2004)

An interview segment and a Living Room Concert with Alu were recently featured on Echoes Radio, and are currently being aired on over 150 radio stations nationwide, including NPR. Check out http://echoes.org for more details.

ALU's music has been played on the following radio stations and podcasts:
echoes, public radio international, npr, wxpn, kucr, kzsc, kzsu, kbcs, wpkn 89.5, indie radio LA (indie 104), ckuw 95.9 FM, shopworn angel, women of substance radio, women rock, babes in boyland (france), women in music, freak radio, dave's lounge, uneon radio, sound orbit radio, the casey fallen show, idyllic music, women's radio, alooga.de (germany), the lab: wreked records, mystics and strays, the red light zone, soh podcast, xpert brand network, smallbizpod, mewzikcast podcast and many, many more.

Set List

Alu's live show can be anywhere from a half hour to a full hour long and features vocals, electric violin, electronic/acoustic percussion, keyboards and laptops. An Alu show can include any of the following original songs:

ordinary deity
buzzin' in my brain
the metrosexuals
circus cosmos
casket salesman
recluse
ghostdream
asphyxia
aahhh
black cloud
confessions to the undertaker
elegy
avalon
big box, little box
last lullaby
amy
luna
swingset
martian rendezvous