Indie/Soul (New York City)
Though the band Ava Luna’s Facebook “influences” field reads “Solomon Burke, Fugazi, Wire, Prince, SWV, BBD, Al Green,” that’s not just another example of too-cool-for-cool Indie musicians declining to classify their genius (for the last time — choosing “Melodramatic Popular Song” as your genre is about as funny as still saying “Winning!” in response to just about everything). It’s actually a pretty apt description of Ava’s genius, which, even on paper, is pretty genius. The group’s mix of textural, classic Soul and Avant Funk is remarkably engaging, with layered background vocals, angular rhythms and alluring electronic/synth accoutrements.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Al Green’s lost Dirty Projectors collaboration, Fritz & the Tatrums, Neo-Neo-Neo-Soul. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)
~ "This Brooklyn-based group mix the kind of uplifting gospel-type singing you might hear spilling out of the jubilee churches with electro and somehow it actually isn't a train wreck. The soulful front man and doo-wop backup singers mesh with incredible bass lines to make this grinding post-punk sound that you won't be able to stop yourself from shaking to even just a little bit. Honestly." (Be Brilliant)