LA synthwave duo LUCKYANDLOVE announce new LP, preview single ‘Soul Alive’
Los Angeles’ LUCKYANDLOVE have announced their sophomore album ‘Transitions’, slated for release in late May. Offering 10 new tracks in this sonic neon rainbow, listeners will be immersed in a spectrum of fuzzy sunset synthgaze, blueblack neon darkwave, and tigerprint electro punk. Ahead of this, the duo are previewing the first single of this album – ‘Soul Alive’.
This album takes you on a mulit-city adventure. Within the recesses of your mind, you’ll find yourself jetting around to Chicago, LA, and DC… in a pop underground, clubbing in Chinatown, basking in the south of France, moonlight trekking in a Burmese jungle, having a spiritual love connection, or provoking the DMT molecules that are naturally inside you.
LUCKYANDLOVE is vocalist & multi-synth-pedal-instrumentalist April Love and drummer & multi-synth instrumentalist Loren Luck. Originally from Silver Lake, California, the band formed in 2014, named for The Good Luck bar, where they met. Many mai tai’s and 2 full-length records later, the band is now set for this new release, along with third west coast tour and first UK tour.
“This is a very transformational record. Making it was an emotional journey with both heart-breaking and fun experiences because we are always in transition,” says Loren Luck.
This album follows up the synthtastic debut album ‘Lucky+Love’ and debut video for ‘Digging in the Earth’. As with their debut, the duo reconded ‘Transitions’ with Grammy winning engineer Be Hussey of The Comp-ny Studio, going to extremes in writing and performing live on this record, often finishing songs in one complete take.
Continually inspired by 21st century music from Chromatics, Washed Out, Tycho and Phantogram and still obsessed with UK 20th century gems from Cocteau Twins, Human League, Gary Numan, LUCKYANDLOVE’s sound dichotomy is dancing with darkwave vs. synthwave, electropunk vs. indiepop, electronica vs. dreamgaze. This electronic music often sounds indie because their Kraftwork-like analog control voltage synth layers are often remIniscent of noise pop guitars.
“We’re having fun; at same time, there’s much reflection on fun moments, like dancing in clubs or going to the beach… But we transition, going deeper into the unknown. On our first debut record, there were a lot of sky and space concepts introduced. For this second album, we get down right spooky. Like my brain keeps imagining a transition into ‘rainbow body’ while I’m playing ‘Soul Alive'” says April Love.
“I play typical loud and bassy, control filter synths, and Loren has psycho beats and our spoon bending lyrical concepts brush up against danger, and suspense like in ‘Dangerous Run Away’. These songs are up for interpretation cause this ride is totally up to you.”
With support globally from Southern Record Distributors and Forced Exposure, the ‘Transitions’ LP will be released on May 24 and will be available from a record store near you. In the meantime, it can also be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
LUCKYANDLOVE will be supporting their new album with a string of live West Coast dates that kick off on March 30 at Synthplex L.A., the West Coast’s favorite analog synth festival and exhibition, which will also be featuring such music legends as Thomas Dolby. In June, their adventures bring them to the UK, where they will perform at London’s Synthwave Live Festival, co-headlining with B-Movie, among other appearances. More dates will be announced soon.
1. Soul Alive
2. Animal (Wanna See You)
3. Dangerous Runaway
5. Dancing Alone Again
6. Summertime Frolic
7. It’s a Mistake
9. Medicine Woman
Mar 30 Burbank, CA – Synthplex L.A. Mariott Convention Center
Apr 2 Oakland, CA – The Golden Bull
Apr 3 Redding, CA – Armamdo’s Gallery House
Apr 5 Portland, OR – Out From the Shadows Festival, Tonic Lounge
Apr 6 Olympia, WA – Le Voyeur
Apr 7 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
Apr 13 Highland Park, CA – Highland Park Bowl
Apr 27 Pioneertown, CA – Deathwave Festival
May 16 Los Angeles, CA – Downtown L.A. Art Walk, The Lash
May 24 Lost Angeles, CA – Record Release Show, Pop Obscure Record Store
June 22 London, UK – Synthwave Live 3, Electrowerkz
June 24 Manchester, UK – The Peer Hat
June 26 Sheffield, UK – The Mulberry Bar