Vinyl LP £14.49 HAR076
LP on Hardly Art.
CD £11.49 HAR076CD
CD on Hardly Art.
I’ve been enjoying this album ever since the promo arrived in our office a few weeks ago. La Luz are playing the kind of blurry, wistful ‘60s inspired pop that you’re used to hearing from your Beach Houses and your Best Coasts and your The Babieses, but stripped bare and soaked in the finest ‘60s surf instrumentals, brilliantly realised with wibbly organ and wet twangy guitar reverb, giving it a bit of a Ventures/Shadows/Morricone kind of edge.
I’m a little obsessed with ‘60s surf so this kind of a development is a most welcome one, and this quartet have a brilliant grasp on its wibbly ins and outs, with their smooth and reverby sound bringing to mind PJ & Artie/the Galaxies’ Paul Johnson, but those reverbed vocal harmonies and bouncy drumbeats also give it a ghostly modern edge which recalls Atlantans like Deerhunter and Carnivores. The two instrumentals on the album are really good too, particularly ‘Phantom Feelings’, the sparsest number of the collection, which is bringing to mind minimal art-surf types Plantagenet 3 with its precision spookiness. I reckon this is my favourite thing I’ve had to write about all day, ignore Best Coast’s latest stadium-pop disappointment and pick this one up instead.
10/10 duskyduke 18th October 2013
Unique,"all their own", stylish and very tight. Surf and spookiness. Great combination! I've also seen them live and they and accomplished musicians vocally and with their instruments. If you just want to have true FUN see them!!
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