+ Limited first run of the LP comes pressed on seafoam / mint green coloured vinyl.
Shana Cleveland has been beguiling listeners for years in her role as the superlative frontwoman for elastic surf rockers La Luz. Now Cleveland is evolving her sound on the new solo full-length 'Night of the Worm Moon', a serene album that flows like a warm current while simultaneously wresting open a portal to another dimension.
As much a work of California sci-fi as Octavia Butler’s 'Parable' novels, 'Night of the Worm Moon' incorporates everything from alternate realities to divine celestial bodies. Inspired in part by one of her musical idols, the Afro-futurist visionary Sun Ra (the album’s title is a tip of the hat to his 1970 release Night of the Purple Moon), the record blends pastoral folk with cosmic concerns.
Cleveland dreamt up this premise while living in Los Angeles, a city where - as deftly explored on La Luz’s recent Floating Features - reality and fantasy casually co-exist.
Abetting Cleveland during the recording process was a familiar gallery of co-conspirators: multi-instrumentalist Will Sprott of Shannon and the Clams, original La Luz bassist Abbey Blackwell, Goss, pedal steel player Olie Eshelman, and Kristian Garrard, who drummed on Cleveland’s previous solo effort (with then-backing band The Sandcastles), 2011’s 'Oh Man, Cover the Ground'.
But whereas that album was internal and contemplative, 'Night of the Worm Moon' occupies a different, vibrant kind of headspace. UFO sightings, insect carcasses, and twilight dimensions are all grist for Cleveland’s restless creativity, and they and other inspirations collide beautifully on the album’s 10 kaleidoscopic tracks--a spacebound transmission from America’s weirdo frontier.
+ LP includes download code.
01. Don’t Let Me Sleep
02. Face Of The Sun
03. In Another Realm
04. Castle Milk
05. Night Of The Worm Moon
06. Invisible When The Sun Leaves
07. The Fireball
08. Solar Creep
09. A New Song
10. I’ll Never Know
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