New York's favorite 'nervous soul' outfit, Ava Luna began in 2007 when Carlos Hernandez, then a music composition student, set out to combine the heartfelt soul of Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis with the raw intensity of bands like Wire and The Raincoats. After self-releasing several EPs, their debut LP Ice Level was released in 2012 to a groundswell of support, lauded by SPIN as "ice-cool vintage '80s no wave grooves and extra-lush three-part girl group harmonies," and by Pitchfork as "glorious."
Playing +100 shows in support of Ice Level, the band solidified its current line-up - Carlos Hernandez, Becca Kauffman, Felicia Douglass, Ethan Bassford and Julian Fader - and signed to Western Vinyl. Sophmore LP Electric Balloon, released in 2014, earned still more critical acclaim, notably from the Village Voice, Wax Poetics, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, who praised it as "pulsating from one energy to another, suggesting art project and ritual."
Their third record, Infinite House, which was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala), was released on Western Vinyl in 2015. Pitchfork said the album had “loose, playful energy, and always seems ready to pounce on you”.
Their fourth record, Moon 2, will be released via Western Vinyl in the summer of 2018.
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