words by tom johnson
photograph by vikesh kapoor
Taken on its own musical terms, La Luz’s “Cicada”, the first track to be unveiled from their newly-announced Floating Features LP, which is out later this year via the Hardly Art label, is a beautifully stormy return, the kind of propulsive-but-tender-hearted burst of rock and roll that cultivates a somewhat woozy response, leaving the listener never quite sure of their surroundings as it dips and soars, refines and reclines.
It’s perhaps best to listen to it unadorned first, to get your bearings somewhat before viewing it through the associated the video, which is so vibrantly alive and inspired it’s hard to take in anything else as rudimentary as the soundtrack or literally anything else. Directed by Ryan Daniel Browne, who has produced a bunch of similarly impressive films for the likes of Shannon & The Clams, Earth Girl Helen Brown, and more, the video is a wild expression, a homage low-budget B-movies and a striking impression in its own right.
And there’s little else to say about it. Watch it below right now; the full album arrives on May 24th (and welcome back La Luz we really do love the song a LOT).