Rituals Amaya Laucirica Kasumuen “We could dream it all away,” sings Amaya Laucirica in Still So Young, a CD-only bonus track on her fourth album. That escapist sentiment hangs over much of Rituals, which finds the Melbourne singer-songwriter fully committing to the lush, shoe-gazing pop that appeared on 2014’s Sway. Following a sojourn in Berlin, here she reunites with guitarist and keyboardist Andrew Keese while enlisting a new rhythm section: bassist Giles Fielke (Lowtide) and drummer Hugo Cran (Devastations). Though Laucirica has always sung with drowsy softness, this album’s chiming guitars and star-dusted keys encourage a new-found sense of the cosmic. Opener Little Clouds even rides a sedated Jesus and Mary Chain groove under what feels like an expansive planetarium canopy. While undeniably gorgeous, that same spacey crawl dampens the album’s second half. Partly that’s because on the first two singles both band and leader shake off their sleepiness with stunning results. Anointed with an unexpected bloom of distortion, More Than This explores the darker side of dream pop by pairing her gossamer vocals with more pronounced psychedelic flourishes and a hypnotic forward push. Yet it’s on the breakthrough All of Our Time that the album really peaks, thanks to a sighing, nostalgia-steeped chorus that could retroactively adorn a classic John Hughes film. An under-the-radar earworm lodging in the head and heart alike, it gives Laucirica ample room to exult without lulling the listener into too deep a dream state.