Electric Balloon - WESTERN VINYL
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Zachary Sniderman on March 7, 2014
Ava Luna has never been an easy band making easy music. Equal and impressive parts rock and orchestral doo-wop, the septet hues closest to a sensual, white-boy kind of R & B. Electric Balloon is pleasantly eclectic, especially the female-led openers “Sears Roebuck M&Ms” and “PRPL.” Both flirt with dissonance, using atonality to only highlight their softer, gentler moments. Electric Balloon is top-heavy, however, and the back half of the record drifts out of focus due to some grooves that—rather than sparkle—simply repeat.