ALBUM REVIEW: La Luz – Weirdo Shrine | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 7.8.15

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For their second album, Seattle quartet La Luz recruited man of the moment Ty Seagall to handle production duties. Rather than just slathering everything in the expected fuzz however, he’s instead given the band the space and ambiance their noir-ish take on surf rock and girl group sounds asks for. There’s still some organ-driven rave ups like Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere, but it’s the atmospheric slow burners like I Can’t Speak and the gorgeous closer True Love Knows that linger longest, showcasing Shana Cleveland’s harmonies at their finest. Sitting between a chopped-down budget take on the Wall of Sound and the moment when early rock ’n’ roll turned into snarling garage, Weirdo Shrine is a delightfully skewed take on an unreal sixties.

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