La Luz frontwoman Shana Cleveland is releasing a new solo album titled Night of the Worm Moon in April on Hardly Art. The record follows her 2015 debut solo album Oh Man, Cover the Ground, released under the moniker Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles. This time, she’s ditching the Sandcastles and putting her name on display, as solely Shana Cleveland. Our Song of the Day is the album’s lead single, “Face of the Sun,” which wistfully and despondently twangs like a Spaghetti Western.
Night of the Worm Moon draws its inspiration and title from jazz Afro-futurist Sun Ra and was recorded during 2017’s solar eclipse. “This song is about a friend of mine who was in a famous band at a young age and, as the years went on, seemed always in the shadow of that bright time,” Cleveland said in a statement to Stereogum, where the song premiered. Night of the Worm Moon is out April 5 via Hardly Art. La Luz released their third studio album, Floating Features, last year.
Watch Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles' KEXP in-studio performance from 2015 below.
Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "Clovers" by Barrie, from the 2019 album Happy to Be Here on Winspear Records.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Shape" by Julia Shapiro, from the 2019 album Perfect Version on Hardly Art.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Still Exist" by Necking, from the 2019 album Cut Your Teeth on Mint Records.