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Allah-Las: Worship the sun (Innovative Leisure Records, 2014)

Worship The Sun cover art

El segundo disco de Allah-Las, que se edita este próximo martes, es (lógicamente) una continuación evidente del primero. Y bien que nos encanta que así sea. Sonoridad propia de la Costa Oeste norteamericana. Garaje, FolkRock, Psicodelia, Surf… influencias sesenteras que los chicos se encargan de recrear con entusiasmo: vamos a ser claros, no sé si calificarlos como grupo Retro, pero lo que es claro que aquí vas a encontrar mucho Byrds, mucho Jefferson Airplane, mucho Buffalo Springfield, mucho Kingsmen, mucho Animals… vamos, unos auténticos fagocitadores que se encargan de ponerte en bandeja de forma convenientemente actualizada lo mejor de los sonidos de la segunda mitad de los sesenta. 
Todo un descubrimiento para los amantes del género o para quienes no conocierais a este grupo de Los Angeles, un disco que tiene mucho de emoción, puesto que está registrado me atrevería a decir que casi en directo, al menos muchos de sus temas. Un disco de la vieja escuela…

Allah-Las "Worship the Sun", nuevo disco“Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they- began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.
Allah-Las’ second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.
LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace. (Bandcamp)

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12 septiembre, 2014 - Posted by | Allah-Las

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