After years of writing and performing, Ava Luna has refined their doo-wop soul meets punk-as-fuck aesthetic into something bold and glaringly defiant in today's indie music landscape. Following the release of their critically lauded first proper full-length Ice Level, the band spent an intense 2-week period writing and recording in upstate New York. Unlike previous efforts that were meticulously mapped out, the songs that would become Electric Balloon were "...a family effort." according to front- man Carlos Hernandez. For the new album, former Columbia composition student Hernandez relinquished the reins a bit, opting for a more organic approach to writing the material for what would become Electric Balloon. As Hernandez explains, it was a "...birth of confidence. I grew closer to my bandmates, began to see the roles of a family playing out. Ethan cooks dinner for all of us, we make lewd jokes, and then 'after-dinner storytelling' takes the form of playing music."
In the wake of Ice Level, Ava Luna's sharp edges have melted away just enough, making it easier to connect with their no-wave grooves and soaring harmonies. Distilling everything from James Chance and ESG to contemporaries like Dirty Projectors and Of Montreal, Ava Luna have landed on an aggressively unique sound that still manages to be accessible. Hernandez goes on to explain "...the stories and moments here are clearer, as in a conversation. The moment appears, you grab it with your hands, screw the lid on the mason jar. There was no tweaking, no second-guessing. Julian's mantra for the process: 'First thought best thought.'....And for my part, I sing my best about encounters, friendships, some moments beautiful and others painful. A bike shop manager in New Orleans, a derelict porch on Brighton Beach, a yellow sweater in a kitchen in the Catskills, a water duct in the New Mexico desert..."
Playlounge are a noise-pop duo from south London, set to release their debut album 'pilot' on 14th April through Dog Knights Productions. Saam (drums, vocals) and Laurie (guitar) formed in Lewisham in late 2010, releasing the 'Kitten Frenzy' EP, 'Thrash Magic', and a number of splits (with Joanna Gruesome, YRRS and more) in the three and a bit years building up to their debut full-length. 'pilot' is nine brand new songs (and a bonus cover 'south of the border' by their favourite band William), with tracks from it 'zero' and 'waves and waves and waves' getting love from NME, Pitchfork, Radio 1, DIY, Best Fit, No Fear Of Pop and more since then. They don't sound as much like Japandroids as everybody says. Not much at all, really.
Axes are a four piece based in London via Essex, Scotland, Iran and Denmark who create exciting and surprising instrumental music that combines playful melodic hooks, brutal dissonance and danceable grooves, reminiscent of label-mates Talons and Adebisi Shank.
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