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Editors’ Notes

La Sera’s Katy Goodman has taken the girl-group pop of her previous work and put it in the hands of guitarist/producer Tod Wisenbaker, who immediately strips away the gratuitous reverb to give the songs a tougher edge. It’s necessary, since how better to tell off a former lover than building an aggressive rocker around Goodman’s unforgiving lyrics, as with “Losing to the Dark”? The opening track's bravado leads to the more reflective “Summer of Love,” with its optimistic-sounding melody and clean, trebly guitar lines. Anger returns on “Running Wild,” where amped-up emotions suggest Goodman’s been listening closely to Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go’s and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. The ups and downs continue with garage pop that sounds like innocence and happy times, despite the ambivalence of the lyrics. “Fall in Place” and the title track ache with a nostalgic feel that recalls summers past. “Control” throws more new wave guitars into the mix. By “Storm’s End,” Goodman is out of words and lets the surf instrumental send her off to sea, along with some “oohs” and “ahhs.”

Customer Reviews

Thank you La Sera!

Can't stop listening to this beautiful album.

Rocky Growth

I would actually rate this album 3.5 stars. La Sera explores new sounds on this album, and expands the sonic templates she was working with on her first two albums. Such expansion is welcome, not only because it serves the music, but also because it logically progresses from what La Sera has done in the past. The problem, though, is that the music on this album is nowhere near as catchy/memorable as before. And sonically, it seems very similar to any Best Coast album, and they've been mining this sound for years. That said, there are flashes of brilliance here: "Summer of Love" and the title track spring to mind. But on the whole, "Sees The Light" remains a better representation of La Sera's artistic intent, and what she's capable of achieving.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

La Sera is the dreamy pop songwriting vehicle for Brooklyn bassist Katy Goodman — of D.I.Y. punk band Vivian Girls — who began penning solo songs in February 2009. Initial demos were sent to good friend filmmaker and music producer Brady Hall, who fell for the charming, ethereal vocals and '50s pop influences that Goodman exudes; he re-recorded material at his home studios in Seattle. After hearing the warm pop sounds that Hall had created from the acoustic guitar and tambourine demos...
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