La Luz

La Luz
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Bio

Los Angeles has often been described as a “dream factory”–both a mecca where dreamers converge to pursue long-held aspirations, and a topography of hallucinogenic contradictions: enchanting tangerine sunsets diffused by smog, crystal-clutching spiritualists mingling with deep-pocketed narcissists, rows of scenic palms competing with garish billboards for commuters’ attention.

It was against this backdrop that the four members of La Luz–singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl, and bassist Lena Simon–conceived of Floating Features, the band’s third studio album. For this, their most ambitious release yet, La Luz consulted landscapes both physical and psychological.

References to dreams abound on Floating Features. “Loose Teeth” catalyzes nightmare fuel into a propulsive, intentionally-disorienting collision of honeyed harmonies and Takeshi Terauchi-esque jetstreams of distorted surf guitar. “Mean Dream” unsurprisingly mines dreamstate imagery, and the lyrics and melody for “Walking Into the Sun” actually came to Cleveland during a particularly-vivid night of deep sleep. Looming over the album’s coterie of surreal figures (gargantuan cicadas, a monstrous “Creature,” The Sun King, aliens, the titular “Lonely Dozer”) is the magnificent “Greed Machine,” a skulking, insatiable engine of consumption–Nathanael West’s “business of dreams” fearsomely manifested.

To bring these visions to stereophonic life, La Luz pivoted from the DIY trailer-park brio of It’s Alive and the gritted-up urgency of Weirdo Shrine toward lush, hi-fidelity production value. Li Pino’s drums have never sounded more thunderously muscular, Simon’s basslines more robust-yet-agile, Sandahl’s organ melodies more complementary, Cleveland’s layers of guitar more versatile, or the group’s trademark harmonies more bewitching and rapturous. For every one of Floating Features’ seismic crescendos, there are just as many small, evocative details coloring its somnambulist soundscape.

Only La Luz could conjure up Floating Features’ Leone-on-LSD vibes, and the album finds the L.A. band at the height of their powers–golden rebels in a golden dream.

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Selected press

On La Luz’s new record, “Weirdo Shrine” (Hardly Art), what first seems blithe and brittle is actually sturdy, passionate, mysterious, fully committed. – New York Times

The undercurrent of darkness in La Luz’s music is what makes their work so fierce and intelligent. – Pitchfork

Dates

Date City Venue Country
01/09/18 Gdansk Soundrive Festival Poland
04/09/18 Malmö Plan B Sweden
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05/09/18 Oslo (NO) Revolver Norway
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06/09/18 Stockholm (SE) Melodybox Sweden
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07/09/18 Goeteborg (SE) Pustervik Sweden
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08/09/18 Copenhagen (DK) Loppen Denmark
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10/09/18 Karlsruhe (DE) Kohi Germany
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11/09/18 Zuerich (CH) Rote Fabrik Switzerland
12/09/18 Montpellier (FR) Rockstore France
13/09/18 Barcelona Gambeat Festival Spain
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14/09/18 Madrid GetMAD Festival Spain
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15/09/18 San Sebastian Donostia Festibala Spain
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18/09/18 Lausanne (CH) Le Romandie Switzerland
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19/09/18 Bern ISC Club Bern Switzerland
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20/09/18 Paris (FR) Point Ephemere France
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21/09/18 Angers (FR) Levitation France France
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22/09/18 Brussels (BE) Botanique Belgium
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24/09/18 Manchester (UK) Soup Kitchen United Kingdom
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25/09/18 Glasgow (UK) Mono United Kingdom
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26/09/18 Leeds (UK) Brudenell Social Club United Kingdom
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27/09/18 London The Dome United Kingdom
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28/09/18 Bristol (UK) The Exchange United Kingdom
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29/09/18 Brighton (UK) The Hope & Ruin United Kingdom
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01/10/18 Köln Bumann & SOHN Germany
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02/10/18 Berlin Musik & Frieden Germany
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03/10/18 Dresden (DE) Beatpol Germany
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04/10/18 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang Germany
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05/10/18 Groningen (NL) Vera Netherlands
06/10/18 Amsterdam (NL) Paradiso Netherlands
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