Lapis Lazu’s debut album Ultramaru brings intricate, catchy compositions that travel confidently between pop and the avant-garde. Rooted in electronic instrumentation with peculiar beats and vocals that combine speaking and singing, its sonic influences cross generations and cultural boundaries; its heart is brash and celebratory.
In Ultramaru, Lapis Lazu tells tales about discarded mannequins who reminisce about past glories as shop window models. They press big shiny buttons that welcome you to places you might otherwise feel unwelcomed. They reveal how falling into a sewer can make you into a celebrity. Their musical yarns are filled with unexpected characters: poltergeist squirrels, peppermint, fake fruit, side ponytails, and women whose work is never done. While these plots may seem unconventional, once you are immersed in the land of Lapis, they become interwoven with the everyday.
Lapis Lazu was founded by globe-trotting Canadian composer and visual artist Kristofir Dean and writer Christopher Laursen. Ultramaru was home-recorded in a West End apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia, and in a house in the ricefields of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, where the Lazulians presently reside.
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|8||Alpaca's Crystal Ball
|11||The Information Booth
|12||Good Bye Bye