I’m always eager to give a listen to artists who stray from the beaten path of genres and tropes. LUNA AURA does just this, peeking her head into pop, alternative, grunge, and industrial in one fell swoop. There’s a high energy to her approach, an unabashedness that speaks out to the listener. LUNA AURA’s EP debut, THREE CHEERS FOR THE AMERICAN BEAUTY, will collect her recent singles into a rebellious, uplifting release this Friday. Let’s take a look:
With a definitive visual aesthetic, one hopes the gritty glitz and glamour can coincide with some great tunes. That’s definitely the case here, as there aren’t any sleepers on this debut. Opening with “CRASH DIVE,” the barrage of in-your-face lyricism and varied vocal cues sets LUNA AURA apart from the pack. Punky guitars pair with poppy drums and a subtle synth to hold it down.
Single “HONEY” has gained the most traction for the artist, a raunchy anthem for teasing and temptation. The empowering attitude behind LUNA AURA is infectious, even if it’s standoffish and crude. “TALKING TO ME” has the best instrumentals on the EP, putting the listener in their place with an authoritative aura.
“ENGLISH BOYS” reigns in the chant “BURN IT DOWN!” in this otherwise chill track. “PAPERCUT” brings a really fascinating piano bit and has a sublime bridge in the longest piece on THREE CHEERS FOR AN AMERICAN BEAUTY. Wrapping up with “BABYDOLL,” the sensual closer is sure to raise a few eyebrows with its lyrics.
LUNA AURA is capturing her potential and releasing it to the world in THREE CHEERS FOR AN AMERICAN BEAUTY. Tracks like “HONEY” and “ENGLISH BOYS” are instant staples worthy of slapping onto your playlists. Other than some repetitive moments, this is a strong start for the artist and I’ll be tuned in for more.
A press copy of THREE CHEERS FOR AN AMERICAN BEAUTY was provided courtesy of Big Picture Media.