La Luz – the band led by Shana Cleveland – has announced the May 24th release of their new album, News of the Universe.

The LP marks their first for Sub Pop. 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, the album 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.

Today, La Luz shares “Strange World,” the first single off News of the Universe. “It’s been a strange and difficult few years, and at moments, I have found myself rushing to move forward in time, to leave the present and escape to whatever is next,” says Cleveland. “The best advice a friend gave me during a time when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and battling consecutive panic attacks was to go outside, take my shoes off, and sit with my feet on the earth. This seemed to slow the universe down in a way that made it feel easier to handle. So this chorus is something of a mantra to myself ‘we’ll be fine, just take your time.’”

The video was shot by Vanessa Pla and features Cleveland on a bike delivering the La Luz Observer newspaper whose headline reads “News of the Universe.”

La Luz will be touring Europe, and the UK in support of News of the Universe, and the first run of dates will kick off May 23rd in Barcelona.

All shows are listed below. 

La Luz Tour Dates

23/05 Barcelona, ES @ Sala Upload
24/05 Madrid, ES @ Tomavistas Festival
25/05 London, UK @ Wide Awake Festival
30/08 Brighton, UK @ Brighton Psych Fest
31/08 Manchester, UK @ Manchester Psych Fest
01/09 Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Psych Fest
03/09 Bristol, UK @ Strange Brew
05/09 Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
06/09 Sart-Messire-Guillaume, BE @ SMG Music Fest
07/09 Asten-Heusden, NL @ Misty Fields Festival
08/09 Amsterdam, NL @ Indiestadt x Suger Mountain @ Paradiso
10/09 Cologne, DE @ Bumann & SOHN
11/09 Hamburg, DE @ Prinzenbar
12/09 Berlin, DE @ Badehaus
13/09 Schorndorf, DE @ Manufaktur
14/09 Zürich, CH @ Bogen F

News of the Universe marks the first appearance for drummer Audrey Johnson and the final ones from longtime La Luz members bassist Lena Simon and keyboardist Alice Sandahl, whose contributions add a bittersweet edge to a record that is both elegy for an old world and cosmic road map to a strange new one.