we go out in the darkness

La Sera – Fall in Place

After fighting through the heartbreak, La Sera‘s Katy Goodman has stepped into the light. Tip-tap drums and jangling guitars skim over Goodman’s smoky, knock-down, drag-out voice. Even at its sweetest it has an edge; she’s a modern-day Mary Weiss.

good love / bad love

Guided By Voices – Bad Love is Easy to Do

It turns out that the combination of Guided By Voices, Rob Corddry, and Mike Postalakis gives me the giggles.  Earlier this year M|H featured their sports-themed take for “Planet Score,” and here we get a glimpse of an alternate 60s folk scene that’s brimming with sexual tension, bad hair, and shrimp cocktails. Bonus points for the delightful addition of one of our favorite ladies, Katy Goodman. Fingers crossed this is just the beginning of a long line of collaborations.

there’s no use in crying if you’re drowning in the sea

La Sera – Running Wild

Jubilant post-chorus guitars and crashing drums crush themselves against downer lyrics in La Sera‘s second single from Hour of the Dawn, “Running Wild.” You can check out Katy Goodman’s also-excellent first single from the record here.

i can’t live like this forever

La Sera – Losing to the Dark

After hearing “Losing to the Dark” I’m pretty certain Katy Goodman (aka La Sera) could kick both your ass and mine. Blistering guitar and cut-through-the-bullshit lyrics twist her girl-group vocals from sugar-sweet to saccharine tang.

i’ve got something to give away and that’s my heart

About a month ago I saw Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls at SXSW, performing with her band La Sera. She was just the cutest, her bubbling personality tempering the stone-cold delivery on many of her songs. Even when her amp caught fire she was still cheerful, genially chatting up the crowd while rerouting her wires.

Whether live or on record, Goodman’s songs have a distinct energy, the ghost of girl-group sweetness pumped through the leader of the pack’s motorcycle engine. On her latest record, Sees the Light, the singles best showcase Goodman’s leather and lace make-up.

“Break My Heart” is catchy as hell, and as with all the best pop songs you’ll be singing along by the  end. Goodman uses her voice to smooth over the blistering chug of “Please Be My Third Eye”, keeping its guts from spilling out. “Drive On” is dark and pretty, and the guitars on “How Far We’ve Come” have a sludgy grind. Bringing the mood up are the somewhat island-leaning “Real Boy” and the country overtones of “I’m Alone”.

At only thirty or so minutes long, Sees the Light lends itself to being listened to on repeat, something I suggest as the days get longer and the promise of summer love starts to pique.

Sees the Light dropped 03.26.12.
Download “Please Be My Third Eye” and “Break My Heart“.
Get more info on La Sera here.