if you’ve been frequenting JOVM for the past few years, you may be familiar with indie dance music sensations AVAN LAVA. Initially formed by producers and multi-instrumentalists Le Chev and Ian Pai, the creative masterminds behind dance pop trio AVAN LAVA can trace their origins to a conversation the duo had about their mutual adulation of Prince, Daft Punk, R&B, and indie music, and began to contemplate how all of those influences could be melded into one particular sound while touring with Fischerspooner. A few months later, Chev and Pai were in New York, when they discovered their vocalist TC Milan performing in The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set to the music of the late and utterly fantastic, Jeff Buckley.
Visions, the trio’s debut EP was a lo-fi, shoegazer affair, and the EP was released to critical praise, including the Village Voice comparing the trio’s sound to Sigur Ros. However, that EP’s follow-up, Flex Fantasy was a complete change of sonic direction for the trio as its overall sound was much closer to the sound that Le Chev and Ian Pai had always desired — a high energy, neon-bright, polished down to a sheen, electronic pop with roots based primarily in old school house music and R&B. If you were alive and conscious in the 80s and early 90s, AVAN LAVA’s sound may seem warmly familiar. In other words, sleek, sinuous synth lines, throbbing bass, big drum beats and seductively cooed vocals, wrapped around incredibly catchy hooks.
“Leave It All Behind,” the second and latest single off their soon-to-be released Make It Real EP manages to continue what “Last Night” did, cement the trio’s reputation for crafting slickly produced yet soulful, pop-orientated house music. And much like “Last Night” their latest single is comprised of shimmering synths, skittering and propulsive layers of drums and percussion and swirling electronics paired with TC Milan’s seductive cooing. Of course, the track is hedonistic and sensual but will rock a sweaty and packed nightclub.