Charlie Nieland and Susan Hwang are a duo called Lusterlit. They are part of Bushwick Book Club, in Brooklyn, a rotating group of songwriters and performers of all kinds putting on regular shows featuring new music, art and snacks inspired by a chosen work of literature. Susan founded it in 2009 and Charlie has been a participant since 2013. Susan and Charlie have been playing and recording together for several years and they released a couple of albums that I produced in the fall (HOPEFUL MONSTERS and EVERYTHING IS SATEEN: FIVE SONGS INSPIRED BY VONNEGUT) and formed Lusterlit to perform their songs about books. They alternate lead vocals and harmonies while supporting each other on guitar, bass, synth, traditional Korean drum, accordion and more. Lusterlit toured the West Coast in November 2016 from Seattle to LA playing book related events and regular sets along the way.
Lusterlit first ep is called LIST OF EQUIPMENT. Bringing their songs written for Bushwick Book Club to full technicolor life in these widescreen productions, Susan and Charlie have made some studio magic with music ranging from indie rock to soul to shoegaze, reminiscent of PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and more. They’re inspired by the books: MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING – Julia Child, BLOOD MERIDIAN – Cormac McCarthy, THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE – Jonathan Lethem and THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS – John Wyndham.