“Crazy pop star.” Sounds redundant, right?
Put down the tabloid and hear us out.
Crash landing from outer space, singer/songwriter/producer Luna Aura is paving her own path to pop star. After earning love from GQ, Teen, NYLON Idolator, Galore, Kick Kick Snare and more, including BMI which dubbed her one of the Indie Spotlights of 2015,
Luna is set to share, Madhouse, due fall 2016.
Joining forces with Evan Gartner (Selector Songs/Sony ATV) and Justin Hergett (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Jessie J), Luna cordially invites her growing crew of Lunatics, as her fan base has aptly dubbed itself, into her madhouse. In this world of cosmic electronica, her listeners are not only free, but encouraged to shake the peace.
And they won't be alone.
The tongue-and-cheek title track, “Madhouse” doubles as the star of the show. There’s a downtempo confidence as Luna echoes “crazy looks good on me” throughout the sugar-and-spice earworm that’s a carbon copy of Luna’s on-stage persona.
Best enjoyed with your head happily in the clouds, the big beat wanderlust of "Next One" takes a jab at the glitz and glamour of LA lifestyle, while the sultriness of "Body" can throw you from catching how it's a musical refuge from abusive relationships of any kind.
"Stronger" ventures into dancehall, new sonic territory for the vocalist, and club culture collapses with "Boys Don't Cry", a go-to fuccboi anthem chock full of unapologetic verses and goodbyes.
On the whole, the five loop-worthy songs do the unthinkable – each one embraces Top 40 sensibilities, but is nothing short of anthemic, weird, and most importantly, unsafe.
Buried beneath the beats are bold proclamations making this San Diego-via-Phoenix starlet most likely to break pop’s modern mold.
She has a track record for this with Supernova, released August 2015 and just in time to find its way onto summer soundtracks.
“Dancing With Your Ghost”, the smash single, was as bright as the spirit that inspired it: Luna wrote the song in memory of her younger brother who unexpectedly passed away, and in turn, breathed a new life into her work.
The first trilogy of EPs were a debutante ball for the creative extra-terrestrial. There’s a mastery to putting your own spin on Katy Perry’s eccentricities, Robyn’s dance ability and Beyoncé’s prowess that proves you can break the rules and still claim a seat at the top of the class.
“You’re doing something wrong if you’re not disrupting anything.”
I, Us, & We
Floating above a sparse and alien landscape the observer can only do that which they are intended to do. Observe. We see a panoramic photo of a beautifully sparse glacial scene. All sense of time and space would be lost in the eternal white if not for the soft streaks of grey that subtly allude to a physical presence, and imply the existence of metaphysical musings.
It is in this vast space that we most search for something human. Amidst the immense beauty of the natural world, it is the face of a loved one that we search for most. There is a sense that we can traverse this new world as long as we have the soft voice of a mentor to guide us.
This seraph’s song envelops us with a sense so cold it burns. It is in this perpetual state of shock we continue to search for meaning. As our consciousness beckons us forward, the subtlety of this barren landscape begins to come into focus. Yet even through the eyes of enlightenment there is little to see, and less to understand.
Intuition guides us forward, and suddenly all is lost. The white has become black, and a sense of static in the air reminds us of the grey streaks of a world long past. Riding along the short wave of the infinite we begin to realize that there was never anything to begin with. We created the light, the dark, and every shade of grey in between. It is only through this understanding of ourselves that we can begin to float onward, and begin again.