La Luz - It's Alive - 2013 Indie Rock Surf Rock LP
La Luz - It's Alive
Label: Hardly Art
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
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Released: 15 Oct 2013
Style: Surf, Indie Rock
A1 Sure As Spring
A2 All The Time
A3 Morning High
A4 What Good Am I?
A6 It's Alive
B1 Big Big Blood
B2 Call Me In The Day
B3 Pink Slime
B4 Phantom Feelings
B5 You Can Never Know
Cover Matthew Craven
Design, Liner Notes Shana Cleveland
Mastered By John Golden
Performer [Uncredited] Abbey Blackwell, Katie Jacobson, Marian Li-Pino, Shana Cleveland
Photography By [Back Photo] Angel Ceballos
Recorded By, Mixed By Johnny Goss
Written-By, Mixed By La Luz
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Seattle surf-noir quartet La Luz release their highly anticipated full length LP after collecting up high praise in regards to their live shows from LA to Texas to New York and everywhere in between and around! And no wonder there...The band has caused even the most jaded show goer to join in on the dance party by way of Soul Train.
Musically, the bands address is somewhere around the Lively Ones, right next to the Shangri-Las, and across the street from Mazzy Star. You should look them up! This band has chops! This band has surf! This band has songs! It's the band you have been waiting for.
Its Alive is La Luzs first full-length record. The band previously released an EP, Damp Face, and if youve heard it, youll know what to expect here. The highlight tracks from the EP, Call Me In The Day and Sure As Spring reappear, re-recorded. For those of you who have not heard La Luzs music before1, its brand of surf-rock thats mellow, relaxed, and intimate.
Theres a heavy emphasis on guitars here (with the traditionally clean, low-bottom), and Shana Cleveland is more than qualified to take the spotlight. Her guitar work is crucial in many of the songs, and in particular, the instrumental Phantom Feelings. But I dont want to just single out Cleveland, everyone in the band does a good job, and what may be most impressive is how easily it all seems to come together. The keyboards, the bass, the drums, the guitar, the vocals, it all meshes in a way that never sounds at odds with itself. Its confident, relaxed, and cool. La Luz sounds like theyve been playing together for years; jumping into Its Alive feels like jumping into a bands discography in the middle of their career.
Almost all of the songs here are concise pop tunes, following a traditional structure. They all have prominent melodies, and a handful of them will stick in your head after Its Alive is over. There are a few times when the band deviates from the pop path (Big Big Blood, You Can Never Know, Sunstroke, and the aforementioned Phantom Feelings), and these moments are all rewarding. I kind of wish they would pursue that direction more; as a band, they end a lot of their progressions with minor chords, and some of La Luzs most striking work comes when they embrace this darker sound. Most of the music here is sunny, and when they venture away from that brightness, its always interesting. Otherwise, Its Alive runs the risk of coming across as faceless.
Look, I know your situation. Theres a lot of good music out there now, and youre still trying to get caught up on it all. I know this because you and I are good friends, did you know that, dear reader? And because we know each other well2, you just want to know if La Luz is another band you should worry about. If Its Alive is any indication, then yes, you should definitely be listening to La Luz. The bands music is low-stakes, but they nail it. For anyone interested in the current Seattle scene (or just mellow, relaxed indie rock), be sure to check out Its Alive3.
Call Me In The Day
You Can Never Know
Sure As Spring
La Luz - Big Big Blood
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La Luz - Call Me in the Day
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La Luz - Sure As Spring
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