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It's Alive

La Luz

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This female quartet from Seattle have concocted a perfect brew of Mazzy Star–meets–surf music on their full-length debut, It’s Alive. A few songs appeared earlier in 2013 on their Damp Face EP: “Sure as Spring,” a high-energy, haunting tune with reverb-marinated guitars imparting a melancholic air, and the ‘50s-style doo-wop track “Call Me in the Day.” Others, like the Duane Eddy–inflected “All the Time” and the warm, keyboard-driven “Morning High,” make their debut here, as do the cinematic “Big Big Blood” and the frothy-yet-chilling “Pink Slime.” Vintage keyboards lend La Luz a certain noir-ish intrigue, which makes beautiful bedfellows with their lilting vocals (all the members sing) and echoing, moody guitars. “You Can Never Know” has an oozing charm that feels like a slowed-down Cramps number, churning with feminine mystique. Instrumentals like “Sunstroke” and “Phantom Feelings” unfurl with an impressive bit of fret and key work. The best part about La Luz (their name means “the light”) is that these women are young and just getting started.

Customer Reviews

#17 album of the year for 2013

Debut album from Seattle's surf pop rock indie darlings. Sugary harmonies over classic surf guitar. See, the sun does shine in Seattle!


Saw them opening for the head and the heart last night at the paramount in seattle and they are truly amazing. I'm glad I was fortunate enough to stumble upon such a beautiful band! All the time is probably my favourite song of theirs but all of them are beautifully crafted, especially for such a young band....LUZERS FOREVER P;

la awesome

one of my favorite bands and great stage performance.


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Shana Cleveland, a multi-talented musician, artist, and writer from the Seattle area, is prolific across many mediums, and as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, she's been an integral part of several rather diverse bands, including the Curious Mystery, which featured a Cowboy Junkies via dream pop kind of sound; Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles, which spotlighted Cleveland's velvet voice as a late-night crooner; and this band, La Luz, which finds Cleveland (lead guitar), along with Marian...
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