Comprised of former Vivian Girls bassist-vocalist Katy Goodman and guitarist-vocalist Todd Wisenbaker, La Sera have been making ripples across the indie rock landscape since their self-titled debut album arrived five years ago. Now, just a few weeks away from the release of their fourth studio LP, the duo seems—and sounds—poised for a major breakout.
This time ‘round, the pair have enlisted the in-demand production services of Ryan Adams for the cleverly titled Music For Listening to Music To, which arrives via Polyvinyl Records on March 4th. The collaboration is the product of the burgeoning creative partnership between Adams and the group, one that also led to Wisenbaker contributing to Adams’ recent Taylor Swift indebted ‘1989’ covers album.
Introduced by mutual friend Jenny Lewis a few years ago, Adams and Wisenbaker hit if off immediately, connecting over their shared musical inspirations and mutual affection for The Smiths. As Adams confided to Rolling Stone, “Todd and I were totally obsessed with The Smiths and Johnny Marr. It was kind of funny – the subtext of the whole record was talking about those [Smiths] records and geeking out on guitars and stuff.”
No wonder then that the group’s latest single, the invitingly retro “I Need an Angel,’ sounds reminiscent of The Smiths’ finest indie-pop moments, with a dash of early ‘80s Pretenders fare for good measure. It’s a wonderful track, one that builds upon the momentum of the more countrified lead single “High Notes” unveiled a few months ago.
When we originally learned that Goodman and Wisenbaker had teamed up with Adams for their new album, we were hard-pressed to think of a more heavenly match. And if their initial teasers from Music offer any indication, La Sera’s new album is destined to prove our suspicions were right on the money.
Stream “I Need an Angel” below and then check out the recent video for “High Notes” as well.