La Luz: It's Alive (2013)
Seriously, if you get more than 30 seconds into the enchanting "Call Me In The Day" and don't feel like you're taking a deep drag off an unfiltered cigarette in a shadowy scene from a Quentin Tarantino or David Lynch flick, you're doing something wrong. It's one of those songs that's going to show up in your dreams later that night, I promise you. Elsewhere, opening track "Sure As Spring" is a propulsive surf tune, authentic psychedelic 60s vibes informed by a post-Go-Go's pop sensibility; "All The Time" provides lilting vocals with an air of mystery over a jaunty rhythm; and closer "You Can Never Know" is a sleepy pre-dawn psychedelic dirge, creepy and dark.
Their two subsequent albums are also pretty damn great, introducing a little more brightness and electric kick to the mix, but the debut is my personal favorite. Give it a spin and pick yourself up a copy over at Bandcamp.
Here's the video for "Call Me":Here's the title track live in the studio: