AOTY 2020

Floating Features

La Luz - Floating Features
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #298 / 830
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2018 Ratings: #244
Liked by 1 person
May 11, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hardly Art / Label
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Floating Features hits the ear and satisfies as much as a California-grown avocado, buttery and smooth.

Northern Transmissions

Straddling a fresh mix of different psych-rock ideas and a handful of vintage pop-rock progressions, La Luz reinvigorate the past.

A.V. Club

La Luz’s sound is a lot like a mai tai: Both sweet and strong, it goes down easy before knocking you flat.

The Skinny

La Luz walk the line between their trusted surf-noir and a heavier dose of spaghetti western with a tremendous sure-footing on third album Floating Features.


On Floating Features, the band take classic psych attributes—dreamy melodies, swirling vocals, surf riffs—and repurpose them to create a collection that is classic, but also current, placing their distinctly modern perspective squarely in the limelight.

Loud and Quiet

Inspired by the physical and psychological landscape of dreams, they create a world that’s as surreal as their Dali-meets-Little-Shop-Of-Horrors sleeve design.


As warm and plain as this album can be, it beckons you to its imaginary world that is not unlike our own. Its dreams make love and true peace feel like an end goal. Though Floating Features represents it as a road with few bumps, the weight of each riff and word make it a sweltering task in a strange-looking world.


This album is smart fun from a band that actually makes something fresh out of the sounds of the past, and as long as La Luz keep doing that, they'll be worth hearing.

FLOOD Magazine

The threads that made La Luz so lovable on their first two LPs still bind Floating Features together: The sharp and infectious girl group harmonies, the way the drums clang and blast, and Cleveland’s lead vocals telling stories of westward yearning and home left behind are all still readily apparent.


La Luz play with an enchanting sensitivity. If only their raw knack for rhythm and harmony were left untouched by unnecessarily glossy production.

La Luz takes a detour from the lo-fi sound of their previous of their previous album, Weirdo Shrine, and present a more polished sound on Floating Features. It’s almost as though they have shred their corporeal forms and have transformed into surf rock fembots, with incredibly polished production, not a missed not in sight, ready to take you on in a gun duel on the western frontier. Producer Dan Auerbach is possibly to blame for this, since he has a taste for the polished, perfected sound ... read more
Wish the first half had as much character as the second.
La Luz has come through with their most consistent album, that’s for sure. But I still think there’s some definite room for improvement. Sure, the harmonies are incredible, and the band encompassing the Surf Rock sound is absolutely to die for. But some of these slower, stripped-down tunes are so faceless and sound like they could have been written by anyone. The majority of this album though is packed with Noire, campy synths, and is just plain fun to listen to. And it’s ... read more
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Track List

  1. Floating Features
  2. Cicada
  3. Loose Teeth
  4. Mean Dream
  5. California Finally
  6. The Creature
  7. My Golden One
  8. Lonely Dozer
  9. Greed Machine
  10. Walking into the Sun
  11. Don't Leave Me on the Earth
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Added on: February 12, 2018