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La Luz Poppies

La Luz releases new single, "Poppies"

03 April 2024, 12:11 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

La Luz - the band led by Shana Cleveland – have dropped a new single, “Poppies”, which is taken from their recently announced album, News of the Universe.

"Poppies is about the surreal feeling of going through the horror and isolation of a cancer diagnosis and treatment and then suddenly being out in the bright world again, trying to make sense of it all, feeling like I’m walking through a waking dream, seeing the first wildflowers come out and feeling a similar sense of rebirth," says La Luz’s Shana Cleveland.

With a credo adapted from science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, an album title from a collection of metaphysical poetry, and an expansion in consciousness brought on by personal crisis, News of the Universe finds guitarist and songwriter Cleveland embracing a changing world with unconditional love. News of the Universe is also a record born of calamity, a work of dark, beautiful psychedelia reflecting Cleveland’s experience of having her world blown apart by a breast cancer diagnosis just two years after the birth of her son.

News of the Universe will be released on 24 May via Sub Pop, and is available to pre-order now.

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