La Luz – Floating Features - 2018 Indie Surf Rock - White Vinyl LP
La Luz – Floating Features
Hardly Art – HAR-105
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo, White
Silver round hype sticker "LIMITED! COLORED! VINYL!" on shrink wrap
11 May 2018
A1 Floating Features
A3 Loose Teeth
A4 Mean Dream
A5 California Finally
A6 The Creature
B1 My Golden One
B2 Lonely Dozer
B3 Greed Machine
B4 Walking Into The Sun
B5 Don't Leave Me On The Earth
Copyright (c) – Hardly Art
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Hardly Art
Lyrics By – Shana*
Mastered By – Richard Dodd
Mixed By – M. Allen Parker*
Producer – Dan Auerbach
Written-By – La Luz (2)
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 0 98787 31051 1
Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): HAR-105-A GOLDEN 29241.1(3)...
Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): HAR-105-B GOLDEN 29241.2(3)...
(Exclaim) " Listening to surf-noir group La Luz, one might assume the all-female foursome were born and bred in California, given their ability to sonically capture the fun and feeling associated with the place. However, the band had just made the move to Los Angeles from Seattle, and it proved to be a real mood enhancer and motivator behind their third full-length, Floating Features.
The title is a delightful way to describe dreams, which are a major theme on the album. Dreams in more than one sense — of moving to a warmer, greener scene and the things that played out in singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland's mind during many a night leading up to the record's creation.
Major changes and being shaken up by life's happenings seem to be a driving force for La Luz — if 2013's near-fatal car crash (which resulted in their debut album, darkly titled It's Alive) or the departure of original bassist Abbey Blackwell in 2014 are any indication. This move keeps up the trend, and proves that no matter what is thrown their way, La Luz refuse to lose.
They recognize the power of harmony (especially when it comes to the female voice) and melody, and doing it like they used to (à la the Shangri-Las, the Ventures, Takeshi Terauchi) but remaining sleek, not stale. Whereas past albums might not have fully captured the energy and pure joy that the band deliver on stage, Floating Features just about makes it so. This is by far the band's best offering to date.
From the first hit of opening instrumental "Floating Features" — which may be stronger than an earlier knockout lyric-less number, 2012's "Damp Face" — the groove is set, good and strong. Lena Simon's bass cuts through on "Cicada" like a rumbling thunder beneath Alice Sandahl's punchy and pulsating keys. The fuzz on "Loose Teeth" would surely make former producer Ty Segall smile, and the acoustic "Mean Dream" offers an uncharacteristic change of pace. "Greed Machine" speaks to the dream of wealth and fame that no doubt plagues many Los Angeles hopefuls, and features the repeated comic comment of, "Oh no, not again!" and later, "What's the use in trying? / We'll be broke until we die."
The slow growing chug of "California Finally" is one of the album's most satisfying moments. The instrumentation is delicious, with each member playing their part while tension bubbles below. You'd swear drummer Marian Li Pino grew an extra arm or two near the song's end. Good luck trying to find a more perfect soundscape for someone deciding to pack it all up and move about a thousand miles from grey to green. "My Golden One" will warm you right up, blanketing the listener with harmonies as goodness overflows."