Brooklyn funk-rockers Ava Luna have revealed their new track, Sears Roebuck M&Ms, from their new album, Electric Balloon, which is out March 10 via Western Vinyl. The group are also set to embark on a European tour this Spring with a show in London at Birthdays on April 28.
Sears Roebuck M&Ms starts and continues with an addictive riff that draws you in and doesn’t allow you to leave. As the band repeat “The new sweet thing” the track builds and builds to a dramatic crescendo showing just how much to offer this Brooklyn-bunch have.
Electric Balloon was recorded by Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader, both of whom, apart from being in Ava Luna, have gained further recognition as go-to recording engineers within the Brooklyn music community. The album was later mixed by Jimmy Douglass whose lengthy credits include the likes of Justin Timberlake, Aaliyah, Timbaland, Television and Gang of Four. The mix of grit and shine perfectly captures and accentuates their unique blend of doo-wop soul, no wave and art-pop.
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 two-week period writing and recording in up-state 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.
You can catch Ava Luna live on the following dates:
22 Ubu, Rennes FR
24 I Boat, Bordeaux FR
25 Aéronef Belle sortie, Wicres FR
28 Birthdays, London UK
29 Espace B, Paris FR
1 Muziek o-droom, Hasselt BE
2 Grüner Salon, Berlin DE
3 Beatpol, Dresden DE