Release Date: Sep 22, 2017
Record label: Double Feature
After seven solid records of crystalline dream pop spun like cotton candy around classic rock song structures, NYC’s Luna, once declared the “best band you’ve never heard of” by Rolling Stone, have released their first new material since an amicable split in 2005. Rather than properly return with an album’s worth of material that updates the band’s pillowy soft indie rock, Luna have instead opted to release a full album of covers along with an instrumental EP of new material. It’s a strange decision, and one that undermines the gravity of the band.
Luna nods to the Velvet Underground, as did its leader, Dean Wareham’s, former band, Galaxie 500. Luna’s career—from the 1990s and into the first half of the last decade—gradually softened into the mainstream, as had its influence. Luna lingered most through the spoken vocals of Wareham, who echoed Lou Reed. Thirteen years ago, the band recorded its last album, Rendezvous.