LA Priest’s Fase Luna is surreal, innovative and astonishingly beautiful

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LA Priest’s Fase Luna is surreal, innovative and astonishingly beautiful

Words by Bryget Chrisfield

When former Late Of The Pier frontman Sam Eastgate (the mastermind behind LA Priest) found himself stranded in Puerto Morelos – unable to cross the border to Belize due to travel restrictions – he created Fase Luna.

Inspired by the Mexican port town’s ancient connection to the sea, guitar parts shimmer like sun glitter throughout.

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“Late at night I can hear your voice in the ocean/ In the night time I see your motion… Nothing can keep you away from my arms” – It’s You is a dreamy song about falling in love with a mermaid, but the incredible accompanying music video portrays a different kind of aquatic love story: between a woman and a sewage fatberg.

LA Priest’s previous release, 2020’s GENE, was named after the modular drum machine he designed, built and used to create that record. Eastgate has since developed a DIY chord progression generator (available for use on his website:, which helped him write half the songs on this bewitching follow-up album. He also used a translation tool to write the Spanish lyrics in Fase Luna’s “fairy story”, Sail On.

Surreal, innovative and loaded with wonky melodies, Fase Luna is a work of astonishing beauty and boundless depth.

Sidenote: How much does the creature on Fase Luna’s cover look like an Empire Of The Sun backup dancer?

Label: Domino
Release date: May 5