seattle quartet la luz immediately bring to mind the girl groups of the ‘50s & ‘60s with immaculate four-part harmonies & luscious layers of reverb.
the dexterous but economic keyboard lines of alice sandhal & the stripped-down groove laid down by the rhythm section of abbey blackwell & marian li pino don’t fit in with wall-of-sound icons like the crystals or the ronettes. the nimble surf rock twang of guitarist shana cleveland is at odds with classic motown groups like the marvelettes or the supremes. yes, the doo-wop nostalgia is certainly there, but the manufactured glamour & studio sheen is absent.
- t.v. Dream