Ava Luna / Electric Balloon
Album:Electric Balloon Collection:General
Artist:Ava Luna Added:Mar 2014
Label:Western Vinyl 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2014-03-14 Pull Date:2014-05-16 
Week Ending:May 18May 11May 4Apr 27Apr 20Apr 13Apr 6Mar 30

Recent Airplay
1.Apr 15, 2022:Down the Rabbit Hole (rebroadcast from Apr 12, 2014)
4.Oct 23, 2015:A Visit From Drum (Sleep Dealer)
2.Feb 18, 2018:Sound Landscapes
5.Mar 05, 2015:A Visit From Drum
3.Jul 19, 2017:day tapes #2
Plain Speech
6.Sep 20, 2014:Box of Chocolates

Album Review
Graham Anderson
Reviewed 2014-03-14 
Ava Luna / Electric Balloon / Western Vinyl

Genre-less and era-less hybridized music of the urban West

Musicians who can pull it off create a Punnett square from the last 40 years of Western music. Vocals are grunted, yelled, and bleated while respecting R&B melodies and harmonies. Vox all show vulnerability and feel true. Guitars are twisted into indie math knots but downplayed as jazz-style comping. Song forms are thrown out in favor of self-contained experiments into genre-blending. Acoustic and electric, tonality and noise, male and female vox and endless talent.

RIYL: Seu Jorge, Lauren Hill, Futureheads, Dirty Projectors

1. 2:34 Futureheads-like angular guitar and syncopated bass with James Brown-style grunts and screams, and falsetto harmonies, jam session structure, bebop tenor sax makes an appearance
2. 3:01 R&B / hip-hop groove with playful female speak-singing over tweaked guitar comping, hollers
3. 4:38 *R&B male falsetto, indie guitar comping, 70's bell synth, tambourine and funk drums, stop-and-start song structure, a beautiful Frankenstein's monster of a track
4. 2:19 * Puttin-on-the-Ritz style tom solo intro -- hand slapped toms? Transitions to acoustic Latin-jazz guitar and space noise-backed plaintive male soul falsetto
5. 4:31 FCC at 2:30 70’s rock/funk beat with cowbell and 2-bar bass line, James Brown / Curtis Mayfield hybridized male grunting falsetto vox, transitions to a grunge-influenced version of a stadium-rock slow-rocker, with two distinct sections. Three songs in one schizo experiment
6. 2:59 *Sparse and angular math rock with naked female Yeah-Yeah-Yeahs-esque vox
7. 3:48 *R&B female vox with vibraphone keys over shaker and metallic garbage noise
8. 4:07 * Hip-hop beat, Mayfield falsetto vox with neo-soul tendency, indie guitar riffs, Motown-inspired backup singing
9. 4:14 * Dissonant guitar drone, Mayfield vox, electronic rock crescendos, transitioning to a noise climax and drum & strum outro
10. 3:34 ** Sparse funk drum kit, neo-soul glissando vox harmonies, dissonant indie guitar comp, sax noise drone
11. 4:10 Polyrhythmic train-whistle vibraphone contrasts with punk-influenced up tempo rock track that slows to a psych-rock drone, followed by angular guitar twang and, why not? a return of the OCD vibraphone train. This song just got me high.
Graham Anderson

Track Listing
1.Daydream 6.Electric Balloon
2.Sears Roebuck M&Ms 7.Prpl
3.Crown 8.Hold U
4.Aquarium 9.Judy
5.Plain Speech 10.Genesee
 11.Ab Ovo