La Luz – “You Disappear” (Prod. Ty Segall) (Stereogum Premiere)

Shana Cleveland’s excellent solo album Oh Man, Cover The Ground is out later this month, but that hasn’t distracted her from making new music with La Luz. Cleveland fronts the Seattle surf-rock quartet, and they’ve just announced that their new album Weirdo Shrine will be out in August. This is the group’s second album, and it was produced by San Fran garage rock king Ty Segall.

Today we’re premiering the first track, “You Disappear,” a careening, doo-wop-indebted song that tilts and whirls with the frenetic energy of a carnival. It’s an easy split between the group’s noir surf rock and Segall’s swooning, syncopated fuzz. I half expect a strong man, a pack of clowns, and a bearded lady to emerge from in between the song’s layers of organ and sticky, twanging guitar solos. “You Disappear” is a darkly absurd, rollicking song that could soundtrack The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test without batting an eye. Listen below.

Ah, and it’s come to my attention that Cleveland and co. are fellow lovers of the weirdo-brilliant poet Richard Brautigan. I recently brought him up to help contextualize the deadpan nonsensical genius of New York rapper DVS, but it’s easy to see how such a prolific, ambiguous writer is an influence or reference for acts as disparate as La Luz and Dimitri Stathas. Anyway, La Luz’s new song was inspired by the following Brautigan poem; read it for yourself:

A Boat

BY RICHARD BRAUTIGAN
O beautiful
was the werewolf
in his evil forest.
We took him
to the carnival
and he started
crying
when he saw
the Ferris wheel.
Electric
green and red tears
flowed down
his furry cheeks.
He looked
like a boat
out on the dark
water.

Weirdo Shrine is out 8/7 via Hardly Art. Pre-order it here.