Los Angeles’ LUCKYANDLOVE have released their second album ‘Transitions’. The album contains 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. As a small nibble of the album, you can take a listen to Soul Alive via Soundcloud below.
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. 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 or having a spiritual love connection.
“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 debut album ‘Lucky+Love‘ and video for ‘Digging in the Earth‘. The duo recorded ‘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.
Inspired by modern 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. In their trademark sound, 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.”
The ‘Transitions’ LP should be available from a record store near you. Digitally, it can be ordered via Bandcamp.
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
LUCKYANDLOVE will be supporting their new album with some live shows, including at various US west coast dates and a UK tour. The band will perform at London’s Synthwave Live Festival, co-headlining with B-Movie, before playing other UK cities.
June 16 Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge (with Darkswoon, Programmed for Pleasure)
June 22 London, UK – Synthwave Live 3, Electrowerkz (with B-Movie)
June 23 Bristol, UK – The Crofters Rights
June 24 Manchester, UK – The Peer Hat (with The Jan Doyle Band and The Junta)
June 25 Leeds, UK – The Fox & Newt
June 26 Sheffield, UK – The Mulberry Bar
June 27 Bedford, UK – Bedford Esquires (with Actors and Empathy Test)
July 13 Los Angeles, CA – Bar Sinister (Wandering Poets release party)
July 18 Portland, OR – The Lovecraft Bar (with Darkswoon)
July 19 Seattle, WA – LoFi Seattle (The Spellbound Summer Bats Bash!)
Sep 15 Los Angeles, CA – TBA (with The Secret Light, Xibling and The Electric West)