Posts Tagged ‘Luna Shadows’

March 10, 2018

Young Blood, along with Punching In A Dream, were some of the very first songs that made us fall head over heels for New Zealand’s The Naked and Famous. It’s hard to believe how long ago that was, and how much that time period feels like a whole lifetime ago. The Naked and Famous have been growing and changing over those years, too. They’ve just released their new acoustic album. Two of the founding members of the band, Aaron Short and Jesse Wood, have made the decision to leave. And The Naked and Famous have just embarked on a new tour for their new album, A Still Heart. Today, we get to watch a music video for their gorgeously stripped back, tenderly strumming rendition of Young Blood. We melt into its exquisite melancholy and Alisa’s delicate voice. Our hearts flutter in joy at the prospect of hearing the song live tomorrow night, when The Naked and Famous plays to a sold out crowd at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, with IHM favorite Luna Shadows on keys. It’s going to be a magically heartrending night as we come full circle with The Naked and Famous. Young Blood (Stripped) is available, here. Find out about their new album A Still Heart and their forthcoming tour dates on their website, here.

November 1, 2017
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Luna Shadows’ wispy and graceful, breathy and limber voice dances off our ears beautifully as the Los Angeles artist serenades us with her new single, Youth, the title track from a forthcoming sophomore EP. Luna established herself as one of the most fascinating and mysteriously enchanting pop figures from California this past year with her Summertime EP and her dazzling music. It’s obvious she’ll continue her reign as she teams back up with co-producer SOMBEAR (Brad Hale of Now, Now) on this twilight glistering, poignantly compelling electro pop single. Youth is reminiscent of Elohim’s effervescent electronic pop and Mr Little Jeans’ twinkling synthpop. Luna Shadows will be hitting the road this fall on her debut headlining shows, which will kick off in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles at PopShop West on November 29th before wrapping up on December 9th in New York at the Mercury Lounge. Tickets can be purchased, here. Youth is available from iTunes, here.

September 23, 2017
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I know everyone’s on a Brand New high after the post-hardcore/emo rock legends released their first new album in eight long years, but how’s about some Brand New as you’ve never heard it before? Los Angeles’ Luna Shadows, that ever dependable purveyor of enchanting mystical pop, has shared a cover of Brand New’s Jesus Christ from their 2006 album The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Jesus Christ has never felt more hauntingly ethereal on this beautiful pop re-imagination. With a light touch, tinkling keys, and airy fluttering vocals, Luna Shadows bathes us in wistful melancholy. Her cover feels celestial, as if it belongs with the stars, yet it’s also feels as if it’s deeply intertwined with the familiar and intimate recesses of our hearts. Re-visit Luna Shadows’ enthralling originals on Soundcloud, here.

September 13, 2017
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The one time I visited Tokyo, it was a whirlwind trip. I was only there a few days, but what I tasted was magical. We get a huge whiff of magic on Luna Shadows’ Tokyo, too. The Los Angeles based chanteuse casts a beautiful spell on us with her coruscant electro pop and her winsome voice on the glittering track, evoking the vibrancy of cherry blossoms and a luminescent city in the process. For all its celestial vivacity, there’s a bittersweet uncertainty and a precarious nature to its intriguing allure.  On co-writing and co-production duties is The Naked and Famous’ Thom Powers, and the song’s gorgeous artwork was designed in conjunction with Brad Hale of Now, Now and Sombear. If you missed out on Luna Shadows’ exquisite debut EP, Summertime, which captured the heart (or heartbreak) of another city I love, Los Angeles, you can stream the release on Soundcloud, here. Tokyo is out on iTunes, here.

May 27, 2017
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Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of catching two heavily IHM praised Los Angeles artists on the same glorious evening at Popscene, and it was an indelible treat. I’d already seen Elohim near half a dozen times prior to that night, but she was sensational, to say the least. But it was the first time I surrendered myself to the Luna Shadows’ spellbinding pop live, and hopefully it won’t be the last. We get a new taste of her celestial electro pop today via new single Thorns. Ephemeral shimmering shards of incandescence and dark brooding shadows come together on Luna Shadows’ song, but in the end, it’s hopeful light that overcomes poignant darkness on the crystalline twirling aria. Thorns is out now via iTunes, here.

February 11, 2017
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Such a fabulous Friday it’s turned out to be, now that Luna Shadows has unveiled a long awaited follow up to the blossoming starlet’s phenomenal 2016 debut EP, Summertime. The LA songstress is exquisitely enchanting on Cheerleader, a smoky swirling, fiery burning pop anthem, her boldest and most pressing piece yet. We normally associate cheerleaders with peppy brightness, but this Cheerleader is a dark broiler. A seductive curtain of atmospheric alt pop engulfs us as a sharp edginess scrupulously rears itself from that shadowy fog, like a slow tingling crescendo of a whisper creeping up on us. On March 31st, Luna Shadows and another IHM fave, Elohim, will both be playing Popscene in San Francisco. It’s going to be a very good night. Re-visit Luna Shadows’ Summertime EP on Soundcloud.

October 12, 2016
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October 11, 2016
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Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, and producer Luna Shadows has been one of our rising stars to watch this year, having released a spectacular debut EP named Summertime on which she collaborated with The Naked And Famous’ Thom Powers and Sombear/Now, Now’s Bradley Hale. EP cut Hallelujah California, a bewitching beauty of a smoggy pop gem, has been subjected to American producer MINNO’s re-working prowess, resulting in a bold riveting, sublime scintillating future bass and trap rendition. This wavy resolute, dark atmospheric remix is a free download, here.

August 18, 2016
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From the day that I heard Luna Shadows’ first single half a year ago, I was hooked on the Los Angeles based singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer’s beautiful pop. Now that Luna Shadows has released an excellent debut EP, I’ve been wondering…. When will I encounter a terrific remix of her music? To my heart’s content, an edit of Luna Shadows’ Waves surfaced late yesterday, and to my heart’s rejoicing, it comes by way of a producer IHM has been championing with zeal, too. Los Angeles’ Hex Cougar drops off a ravishing future trap remix of Waves that takes us within a cinematic world where surrealism and noir meld into one dark dream. If David Lynch wanted to soundtrack the forthcoming season of Twin Peaks with something other than 80′s synthcore, I suggest he match Hex Cougar’s restless skittering, dramatic tingling remix of Waves with a signature Lynch scene full of red curtains and strobing blue lights. The effect would be spectacularly haunting and affecting. The remix, which first premiered on NEST HQ, is a free download, here.

July 1, 2016
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It’s very rare that IHM shares an entire EP, but there are several reasons we’re making an exception this beautiful Friday morning with Summertime. First of all, each and every song off Luna Shadows’ debut record is phenomenal. Secondly, the fast rising Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, and producer happens to have dropped the EP on her birthday. And thirdly, did I mention how fantastic all the songs off Summertime are? I’m hard pressed to select a favorite off the four track compilation, one which sees Luna Shadows collaborating with a bevy of amazing musicians like Sombear/Now, Now’s Bradley Hale and The Naked And Famous’ Thom Powers. 

From sweet sparkling Cry Wolf to the smoggy glam of Hallelujah California and onward to the burning passion of Cherry and the gooey summer intoxication of Waves, Summertime moves the heart and ravishes the soul. As we embark on an extended Independence Day weekend, a holiday that epitomizes summer in America, Luna Shadows serenades us to great heights of heart rending euphoria with her rhapsodic electronic pop. Summertime is the perfectly timed soundtrack to our summer, encompassing all its highs and lows, despair and hope, heartache and joy. As Luna Shadows describes it:

“Summertime is a collection of songs that shift between melancholy, nostalgia, and hopeful sounds. Everything is tied together with sun-kissed imagery and stark juxtapositions: closeness and distance, light and dark, love and loss, idleness and persistence, dancing and stillness. Each song has a different center, but all revolve around various attempts at achieving a sense of unattainable perfection. The title illustrates this in several songs throughout the EP, the most significant perhaps “ready for your eyes / sweet on the inside by your summertime / like cherry”  

Congratulations on a stunning debut EP, Luna Shadows, and happiest of birthdays to you. Summertime is available on all major music platforms and can be purchased from iTunes. The EP also comes with a special digital booklet. Luna Shadows has also announced her debut show at School Night in Los Angeles on August 1st.