Shana Cleveland is the voice of La Luz, but working solo for a change on this here Night Of The Worm Moon album allows her to travel further afield in terms of sound and content. This is an LA dreamer’s album, with UFO sightings and other night-moods represented with sun-tipped psychedelic singer-songwriter new-folk. Very West Coast, very good. On Hardly Art.
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What is it with worms? Everything is 'worm' these days. In order to counteract the horrific imagery the word 'worm' brings up, Shana Cleveland has made a delightfully pretty album of lush harmonic folk pop. It's a slow moving stretch of atmospheric Laurel Canyon styled finger picking bliss. Songs like Face of the Sun sound like Nancy Sinatra in a sort of cotton wool-filled dreamland. Washington has a gorgeous soft voice that coos rather than sings. On In Another Realm it is surrounded by twirling cello amongst that always present finger picked guitar.
Warning: There's loads of reverb here. The album is as slathered as the walls and tills of Holland & Barrett Shipley was the other day when the Fleet Foxes came on the stereo. The album is more of a sigh than a distinct work but it hits some lovely heights especially on the title track which has some fabulous Love-like guitar chords. You find yourself drifting off in it, never quite connecting - as if it's blowing in through the breeze coming through the open window in your Hollywood home. Do not listen whilst driving or operating heavy machinery but a perfect listen whilst tangled in an eiderdown.
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