LA LUZ

FLOAT­ING FEA­TURES HARDLY ART, OUT 11 MAY

Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - RACHEL AROESTI

Seat­tle four-piece re­lo­cate to LA for ma­cabre med­ley of ’ 60s rock.

A spell­bind­ingly gloomy in­stru­men­tal ush­ers in the third LP from La Luz, who re­cently re­lo­cated their se­duc­tively noirish surf-rock from Seat­tle to LA. It’s a move the band ad­dress di­rectly on the track Cal­i­for­nia Fi­nally, an in­sou­ciant cel­e­bra­tion of sum­mer that’s soon in­ter­rupted by hor­ror, as hu­man screams meld with those of the gui­tar. Tem­per­ing pop sweet­ness with strains of garage and psych is what La Luz do best, and front­woman Shana Cleve­land strikes a clever balance be­tween her gos­samer vo­cals and swag­ger­ing gui­tar. Yet the band’s mas­tery of mood of­ten comes at the ex­pense of mem­o­ra­bil­ity, with the melodies and re­frains of in­di­vid­ual tracks tend­ing to merge into a sin­gle mass of bit­ter­sweet malaise.

Lis­ten To: Float­ing Fea­tures | Cal­i­for­nia Fi­nally | Greed Ma­chine

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