Luna Aura’s Debut EP

Luna Aura makes captivating music that seduces the listener and I have a feeling that she is not of this Earth. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space. Then there is, of course, the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come. There is a sense of her adoration throughout her debut for pop, dance music, hip-hop, indie rock and a general love of her immersion within her own soul. The latter, I think, comes across quite well in this recording–a refreshingly self-aware perspective, filled with eccentricity, but ultimately, comfort if not celebration found within the world of her own skin. Her songwriting also displays an intelligent mind that explores itself intellectually and emotionally, with both smart songwriting and lyricism of fascinating depth.

It begins with “Radio” which showcases her special brand of music infusing triptastic synths, creating a hypnogogic atmosphere well within the realm of blissed out pop. The lyrical hook of “You got me hooked like a song on the radio / beat so good boy, I can’t let you go” is infectious as all hell and the lyrics in the verses are a pure delight for anyone that enjoys musical metaphors. This really does sound like pop music from outer space–there is just something extraterrestrial about it that I can’t quite define, somehow I think would David Bowie would like this very much. “Blow” is an absolute electronica/hip-hop delight which approaches MIA territory that I find a rare splendor within and I somehow expect that on a full length release there will be more numbers like this. Here her vocals are just as sultry, but with a firmer strength, a touch of threatening tone delivered at breakneck speed. It’s a fantastic contrast to the opener of “Radio” and shows her stylistic range, that still maintains the otherworldly feel. What follows is “Eyez” which is piano driven and seems to explore her inner Tori Amos with grand majesty and a vocal range that breaks my heart. This is the most tender moment of the EP and it is a wistful number longing for a lost love, which yet again stands in complete contrast to the song that precedes it.

“Wicked” is the deepest, darkest track on the EP, but it makes me smile when none other than Sam Wiley comes into rap like a flash of lightning with perfection–definitely one of my favorite tracks found here. It was Wiley who first told me about Luna Aura, mentioning her casually at a show one night, then a few weeks later remarked that he had laid down some tracks with her in LA, my ears were eagerly waiting to hear this combination and they were not disappointed. The music here is almost haunting, belonging in a dystopian sci-fi movie that has yet to be produced–I’m certain they would have considered it for Blade Runner if this kind of music had even existed then. The EP finishes with the first single from the album, “Too Young To Die” which is immaculate. I could honestly see this turned into a club hit without much work. It’s also magnificently three minutes long and doesn’t need to be any longer to dig this groove into your brain, the chorus has trapped me and held me hostage since its release. Here all of the preceding elements from the songs you’ve just heard are combined into an eloquent quintessence. Which is another noticeable aspect of this EP, it is brilliantly sequenced, arranged to show every facet of her range, talent and style in a way that exploits the welcomed contrast in this diversity. Every song here is simply a seed for a brilliant, lengthy career in music.