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Albums Of The Week: Levitation Room | Strange Weather

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “East Los Angeles quartet Levitation Room’s floaty, cosmic songs are always a trip. Since forming nearly a decade ago, they’ve self-produced dizzying, otherworldly music that’s connected with fellow travelers in the hallucinogenic world of outré rock music.

Led by singer and guitarist Julian Porte along with Gabriel Fernandez (lead guitar), Johnathan Martin (percussion), they have been a centerpiece of the L.A. psych rock-scene since their beloved 2015 debut EP Minds Of Our Own. Their albums Ethos (2016) and Headspace (2019) helped win them a far-flung fanbase and millions of streams. After working on new music over the last few years, they’re back with the meticulously crafted Strange Weather.

Joined in 2021 by new member Kevin Perez (bass), Levitation Room have continued to expand their colorful, unearthly sound, a process that has culminated with Strange Weather. Collaborating with former Brian Jonestown Massacre keyboardist Rob Campanella, Jason Kick (Mild High Club), and Black CrowesJoel Robinow, Levitation Room take a new step in their story and vision with this album.

The record’s lyrical narratives — about love in the park, life in the city, and the fact that “The world today is such an illusion” — are appropriately steeped in ’60s sonics and a dreamy, lo-fi atmosphere. It’s spacey, celestial guitar music for escaping into, and it feels just like heaven.”

The single Heaven is “an ode to love. Whether it’s a new love just beginning, or an old love between two people sustaining. The feeling of love can often feel like you’re floating around in heaven. You find home in someone’s eyes or voice; a partner that stands beside you and helps you navigate through the hardships and tumultuous landscapes of life.”

They continue, “This song was intentionally created to make you feel like you’ve been enveloped by something sweet — the connection between two hearts and souls. It started out with a few chords from Gabriel’s guitar in our studio. It right away caught our ears and we wrote the rest of the song on the spot. It was one of those songs that came very easily and organically. It almost wrote itself.”