Antonio Lulic – Son EP [REVIEW]
With a host of solo worldwide tours under his belt and having been a support act to the nation’s favourite red-head, Ed Sheeran, Antonio Lulic has many a tale to tell.
He does this quite beautifully in his latest five-track EP Son where he delves into the trials and tribulations of touring solo, getting over broken relationships and just generally growing up. But it’s Lulic’s playful acoustics and raspy vocals that does it for me as he gives us a compilation of soothingly heartfelt and passionate acoustic folksongs.
The opening track Beckoning Drum is a strong start for this poignant EP with lyrics that confront the idealistic values we grow up with: “We were raised to believe we’d be worshipped like celebrities/The Gods on the radio/The heroes on every TV screen” and is overall a catchy tune that’ll probably have you swaying your head without noticing.
Following on in his next track The City of Austin, Texas, which probably alludes to his time there during his performance at SXSW back in 2012, has a surprisingly upbeat tone against the back of lyrics which describe the heartbreak of a failed relationship: “I’m in the city of Austin, Texas now/ Trying to forget about you/It’s been two weeks since I last laid my eyes on you, darling/But when I close them I can still hear you move”. While the lyrics are indeed sad, the song beautifully fuses a classically American folk sound with his unmistakable British accent as his musical influences, Bruce Springsteen and Ani Difranco, come to surface.
Moving on in the EP, Lulic’s gravelly voice really shines through in Twenty Twelve just before things begin to take a different turn with his last two tracks Drunk & Lonely and When I Can’t, which deliver a lighter and slower acoustic sound- the kind that’s just right when you want to chill out.