L.A.’s rising pop sweetheart, Luna Shadows, has unveiled new single “Cheerleader,” the first of forthcoming material in 2017. NestHQ premiered the song here. The single illustrates Luna Shadows’ driving perspective:
“For whatever reason, our society rarely equates femininity, softness, and vulnerability with power, influence, and achievement; this song and its visuals are intended to challenge that idea by suggesting that the game can be won by silently plotting on the sidelines …. I’ve always admired how the moon elegantly & clandestinely controls the tides, from a distance and with an invisible pull. ‘Cheerleader’ is a song for every queen who ever whispered in the ear of a king.”
Luna Shadows made a powerful debut in 2016, creating what Billboard called “some of the most refreshingly soulful and haunting indie pop to come out this year.” Her EP Summertime surpassed 4 million streams on Spotify and was placed on tastemaker playlists including New Music Friday, Indie Pop, Weekend Beats and more. Luna Shadows has seen airplay on BBC1 and Beats 1 and sold out her first show in LA at School Night.
The chorus for “Cheerleader” awoke Luna from a dream. She scrambled to her smartphone to record a haphazard voice memo: screaming from the bleachers / I could make them all believers. The songwriter is no stranger to songs spurred from sleep.
“It sounded like gibberish, but I was so relieved that I managed to capture the melody from my dream and get it down on paper. I’ve written songs in dreams before, and most of the time, I’m not so lucky. They always escape. It’s like chasing a fly around a room,” said Luna.
Luna approached Thom Powers of The Naked and Famous with her melody, concept and working lyrics. As she played her creation on the piano, he added in a beat and creative noises. “Our original demo was sort of eerier and creepier.”
The pair decided to invite an additional audial perspective and sent what they had recorded to Brad Hale (Sombear, Now Now) who they call their “secret weapon.” Hale captured the spirit of the song by adding athemic elements, including a marching band.
“The melody started in my dream, then we brought it to life in a home studio in Echo Park, then shipped it off postal-service style to our best friend, who put the cherry on top.”