Luv (Songs Of Yesterday)


LP version. Wildly creative free-form L.A. singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laena Myers presents her highly anticipated debut solo album, LUV (Songs Of Yesterday). Released on Taxi Gauche Records, the 11-track collection is the first to feature the genre-spanning composer, in-demand session player/singer and classically trained violinist putting her own name to her recordings. Formerly known as Laena Geronimo and L.M.I./Laena Myers-Ionita, Laena is perhaps best known as lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of critically-acclaimed and internationally touring rockers FEELS, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. She's also known for her time as bassist for goth-punk band as well as the Motown-inspired pop outfit The Like, and as the go-to-violinist for a myriad of artists from the L.A. music scene and beyond -- contributing to released recordings by John Frusciante, Jhené Aiko, Ty Segall, Shannon Lay, and The Allah Las to name a few. As a solo artist, Laena's punk background of guitar-based songwriting and swagger merges with her innovative classical/experimental roots and love for singing ballads, and this is shown throughout LUV (Songs Of Yesterday), leading to a depth of emotion that cuts to the heart of even the most hardened, revealing a more tender side to her vocal and lyrical prowess over lush string arrangements. The songs contained in LUV (Songs Of Yesterday) are picked from over the course of a decade, written purely from a place of honest expression and filled with texture, depth, and meaning. They were recorded between tours mostly in sweltering summer bedrooms by friend and co-producer Scott Cornish (Angel Olsen, Big Thief, No Age), and mixed during the pandemic. The album features Laena's vocals, guitar, bass, and violin playing and huge-sounding, lush string arrangements supplemented with drums and percussion by Nick Murray (Cate Le Bon, White Fence, Thee Oh Sees), synths by Jeff Fribourg (, Froth), lap steel by Cole Berliner (Kamikaze Palm Tree), and sax by Gabe Flores (Grave Flowers Bongo Band), as well as field recordings -- birds singing at daybreak, footsteps and bells making their way into a cave, the wind on a peak in Angeles National Forest.