“I’m missing the waves, I wanted to crash”: Luna Shadows’ “little rituals” Finds Liberation in Unabashed Deep Feeling

Luna Shadows © Lissyelle Laricchia
Luna Shadows © Lissyelle Laricchia
Los Angeles artist and producer Luna Shadows returns with “little rituals,” the second single to come from her forthcoming sophomore LP.
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[It’s] a long lost ’70s style summer song about what it means to find joy again, after sadness and stillness.

Luna Shadows’ latest track is a playful leap into expansive emotion, blending feeling and ethereal collisions.

Led by indie rock guitars and glossy vocals, Shadows defies stillness in her latest track “little rituals,” feeling the highs and lows in all it has to give. She reminds us that nothing is permanent, so why not feel everything unapologetically?

little shadows - Luna Shadows
little shadows – Luna Shadows
All these little rituals
Just to get through a day
Some of them habitual
Better to go my way
“Don’t be sad about it
It’s for the best
Don’t get mad about it…”
Easier said

The LA-based artist/producer leads with intuitive artistry and intentional lyricism, and her new spade of releases mark an expansion in both her artistry and sound. Buoyant rhythms and crisp production incite garden hues and wistful landscapes, drawing inspiration from nostalgia and deep feeling. A lush palette of synths and surf-rock guitars burst forth with affecting lyricism as cohesive instrumentations bridge the chorus. Layered vocals fill the spaces in between, as the singer croons, “ooh take my pain away, wait, give it all back, I want it all back.”

Ooh, I’m missing the waves
I’m missing the waves
I wanted to crash
Ooh, take my pain away
Take my pain away
Wait – give it all back
I want it all back…
I want it all back now
Luna Shadows © Lissyelle Laricchia
Luna Shadows © Lissyelle Laricchia

On the track, she shares, “‘little rituals’ is about experiencing all of your emotions in high-definition – the good and the bad. It’s a song about understanding that to feel the highs, you have to accept the lows. I read some Sylvia Plath and hopped on Zoom with my collaborator Bradley Hale (Now, Now) to write a long lost ’70s style summer song about what it means to find joy again, after sadness and stillness.”

“It also features my first guitar solo – the first of several on my upcoming record. My primary instrument is piano and for years I’ve been fairly content as a rhythm guitarist floating in the background – but I decided to step into the limelight for this LP, and to focus on joy instead of virtuosity.”

All these little rituals
Just to get out of my head
Searching for the syllables
Better to stay in bed
Don’t be sad about it
It’s for the best
Don’t get mad about it
Take off the edge

Following Shadows’ previous single, “witches brew,” the upcoming sophomore LP will be the artist’s second project with producer Bradley Hale. Shadows will be unveiling the track list through a series of custom tarot cards mailed to her fans. Each card correlates with a single, which will then become viewable on her Tarot Tracks website for “virtual readings” that include song previews and lyric insights. Based on “witches brew” and “little rituals,” the new project will be an experimental break away from their first one, which primarily explored digital space.

Ooh, I’m missing the rain
I’m missing the rain
I wanted to dance
Ooh, take my pain away
Take my pain away
Wait – give it all back
I want it all back…
I want it all back now
Luna Shadows © Lissyelle Laricchia
Luna Shadows © Lissyelle Laricchia



Accompanying the single is a gorgeous visual piece; a music video ruminating on imagery of nature, femininity and liberation.

On the music video, Shadows adds, “if ‘witches’ brew’ is about the burden of magic and creativity, then ‘little rituals’ picks up at the point where it all starts to amount to something deeply fulfilling, fun, mischievous, and ultimately meaningful. Like the song, the video is about re-discovering joy, levity, purpose, and a sense of belonging.” Self-directed, the music video was shot on 16mm film in the mountains of Topanga, California.

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