Weirdo Shrine. But there is also something strangely refreshing in the way that singer-guitarist Shana Cleveland crowns her surf-rock riffs with dreamy pop vocals and unexpectedly eerie hooks. Such tracks as “You Disappear” and the spacey and funereal ballad “Sleep Till They Die (Health, Life and Fire)” take on a layer of enchantment when Cleveland’s singing twines together with the glassy harmonies of keyboardist Alice Sandahl, drummer Marian Li Pino and bassist Lena Simon.
At first blush, it appears that La Luz aren’t doing anything radically new. Formerly based in Seattle, the L.A. quartet rely heavily on reverb-drenched surf guitar and straight-ahead garage-rock beats, and there is a willfully retro feel to the songs on their most recent album, 2015’s