Alu's Psychosis Cabaret in the Echoes Podcast.
Since 2004 the Los Angeles singer Alu has released four albums. In the process she’s carved out a unique world of verbal wordplay and sonic illusion, creating a gothic cabaret for songs that often have bizarre, horror show imagery. There really is no other singer like Alu, though you can find elements of Kate Bush dramas, Siouxsie Sioux doom, Liza Minnelli cabaret, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross wordplay in her work. Her lyrics have a lot of wit, but her imagery is often macabre.
Alu is in her mid-30s, thin with an aquiline nose and long, dark brown hair. Her name is an Indo-European root word related to possession, sorcery, intoxication, and passion. It also is the name of a Mesopotamian demon who could only live in silence and darkness fitting Alu’s source of musical inspiration. All of her albums have been personal, but her new one, Mrs. Hypochondriac, cuts to the bone.
From a fraudulent marriage to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Alu’s life was sent into a tailspin. but she’s come out of it with one of her most biting, but also most witty albums.
Hear her talk about it in the Echoes Podcast.