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Allah Las


Mexican Summer

Released: 11th October 2019

Dinked Edition #25:
Exclusive opaque mint green vinyl
‘LAHS’ perforated 6 x postcard set
Hand numbered LP
Limited to 500
Download card

On their fourth LP, drummer Matt Correia, bassist Spencer Dunham, and guitarists
Miles Michaud and Pedrum Siadatian turn their collective gaze outward and toward
the horizon. Simply titled LAHS (a reference to a common misspelling of the band’s
name), their forthcoming release on Mexican Summer finds the band turning in their
most cohesive and ambitious work yet.
The Allah Las seem to be transmitting from a place not found on any map. Those
familiar with the band’s work will recognize their skillful melding of melodies and moods,
but through that lens we see them venturing into new, exciting territories. Indeed, their
growth not just as songwriters, but as performers, arrangers, and producers — is clearly audible.
Correia croons in Portuguese on “Prazer Em Te Conhecer” (Nice to Meet You), which
evokes George Harrison while also sounding like a rare 45 from a Brazilian flea
market. The breezy sweetness of “Pleasure” could pass for a song by Spanish folk
darlings Picnic, were it not for the wistful wisdom in Dunham’s delivery. “Polar Onion”
takes us through the inevitable lows one encounters on a long journey, as Michaud
laments “drown in the sea, I fill my cup - but it’s not enough”- a caricature of the
lonesome cowboy seeking and occasionally glimpsing enlightenment.
One of the most notable evolutions from their previous work is a razor-sharp focus on
the groove. We hear the rhythms of Krautrock influencing songs like “Houston” and
“Electricity,” with steady and precise drumming that create complexity from repetition.
“We’ve been traveling a lot the past couple years and I think that played a role in
influencing the broader variety of songs on this record” Correia explains. And this is
precisely what sets LAHS apart from its predecessors -- a record inspired less by time,
but by place. “LAHS to me feels like a soundtrack to the past 5 years or so. A sort of
audio postcard to anyone who wants to listen.” This sentiment is echoed in the album’s
artwork — a collection of exotic postcards, postmarked from equally exotic locals
(designed by Matt Correia & Robbie Simon).
Tracking was done mostly by the band at their own studio in Los Angeles, allowing them more time and space to experiment with tunes and tones. Producer/Engineer Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) was brought in to help polish it off, resulting in a sound both crisp and clear while keeping with the warmth and atmosphere the band are known for.