La Luz Announce New Album ‘News of the Universe’, Share New Single ‘Strange World’

    La Luz – the band led by Shana Cleveland – have announced a new LP, News of the Universe, their first for Sub Pop after four albums on subsidiary Hardly Art. It arrives on May 24, and lead single ‘Strange World’ is out now. Check it out below, and keep scrolling for the album cover and tracklist, as well as the band’s upcoming tour dates.

    “It’s been a strange and difficult few years, and at moments, I have found myself rushing to move forward in time, to leave the present and escape to whatever is next,” Cleveland explained in a statement. “The best advice a friend gave me during a time when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and battling consecutive panic attacks was to go outside, take my shoes off, and sit with my feet on the earth. This seemed to slow the universe down in a way that made it feel easier to handle. So this chorus is something of a mantra to myself ‘we’ll be fine, just take your time.’”

    News of the Universe is the band’s first album to feature drummer Audrey Johnson and makrs the final appearances from longtime La Luz members bassist Lena Simon and keyboardist Alice Sandahl. The album was made with producer Maryam Qudos (Spacemoth), who would bring in ideas “that to me felt like choices that I would not normally make, but I was really stoked about,” Cleveland said. “Sometimes she would have ideas about the structure of the songs, which a producer often doesn’t really mess with. But as a songwriter herself, I think she felt really comfortable with us.”

    News of the Universe Cover Artwork:

    News of the Universe Tracklist:

    1. Reaching Up to the Sun
    2. Strange World
    3. Dandelions
    4. Poppies
    5. Good Luck With Your Secret
    6. Always in Love
    7. Close Your Eyes
    8. I’ll Go With You
    9. Blue Moth Cloud Shadow
    10. News of the Universe
    11. Moon in Reverse
    12. Blue Jay

    La Luz 2024 Tour Dates:

    May 23 Barcelona, ES – Sala Upload
    May 24 Madrid, ES – Tomavistas Festival
    May 25 London, UK – Wide Awake Festival
    May 30 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile (Record Release Show)
    Jul 27 Portland, OR – Project Pabst
    Aug 30 Brighton, UK – Brighton Psych Fest
    Aug 31 Manchester, UK – Manchester Psych Fest
    Sep 1 Edinburgh, UK – Edinburgh Psych Fest
    Sep 3 Bristol, UK – Strange Brew
    Sep 5 Paris, FR – Point Ephemere
    Sep 6 Sart-Messire-Guillaume, BE – SMG Music Fest
    Sep 7 Asten-Heusden, NL – Misty Fields Festival
    Sep 8 Amsterdam, NL – Indiestadt x Suger Mountain @ Paradiso
    Sep 10 Cologne, DE – Bumann & SOHN
    Sep 11 Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
    Sep 12 Berlin, DE – Badehaus
    Sep 13 Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur
    Sep 14 Zürich, DE – Bogen
    Sep 26 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
    Sep 27 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
    Sep 28 St. Paul, MM – Turf Club
    Sep 30 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
    Oct 1 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
    Oct 2 Nashville, TN – The End
    Oct 3 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Purgatory
    Oct 4 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
    Oct 5 Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall
    Oct 6 Washington, DC – The Atlantis
    Oct 8 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
    Oct 9 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere – Hall
    Oct 10 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
    Oct 11 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz
    Oct 12 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
    Oct 13 Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
    Oct 28 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
    Oct 30 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
    Oct 31 Boise, ID – The Olympic
    Nov 3 Vancouver, BC – The Pearl
    Nov 6 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
    Nov 7 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
    Nov 8 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
    Nov 9 Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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