Ava Luna - 'Electric Balloon'

Brooklyn bunch bewilder with diverse mix of sounds on second album

Ava Luna - 'Electric Balloon'

Album Info

  • Release Date: March 10, 2014
  • Label: Western Vinyl
7 / 10 Brooklynites Ava Luna’s second album is delightfully bewildering. Opening statement ‘Daydream’ bleats a David Byrne tribute over jagged Television guitars. It’s post-punk with a disco bent, its colours nailed firmly to the mast of its influences. So far, so standard… until the next track. And the next. Each song is a new mast, with different colours nailed on. ‘Aquarium’ forays into freeform jazz, whilst ‘Plain Speech’ neatly approximates the unlikely sound of Steve Malkmus and Otis Redding hashing out a tune together. Located somewhere between the control of modern R&B ('PRPL') and the staccato angles of the art punk scene ('Sears Roebuck M&Ms'), each song is so powerful and crafted you can’t help but buy into whatever it is Ava Luna are trying to sell you.

Hayley Avron

To rate this track, log in to NME.COM

To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday


Please login to add your comment.

More Videos
More Various Artists
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM