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May 13, 2014 at 5:31 AM

La Sera’s ‘Hour of the Dawn’ sugary and jagged | New recordings

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La Sera, ‘Hour of the Dawn’ (Hardly Art)

Having written, sung and played bass on six LPs since 2008, Katy Goodman — formerly of Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls, now fronting Los Angeles’ La Sera — is, at 29, an established indie pop force.

She touts her new album with La Sera, “Hour of the Dawn,” as “Lesley Gore meets Black Flag” — which checks out. Its sugary hooks borrow from oldies, while guitarist Todd Wisenbaker’s jagged solos emulate Black Flag’s Greg Ginn.

It’s a recipe not unlike that of Goodman’s old band’s — but where they spun early-twenties yarns of crushes, parties and wanderlust, opener “Losing to the Dark” finds her driving a stoned, drunk lover home, lamenting how one “can’t live like this forever.”

And where Vivian Girls’ kinetic energy carried harmonies that were occasionally dissonant, tempos too fast, recordings ramshackle, La Sera — Italian for “the evening” — is clean and confident, only really aggressive in its eagerness to please.

Before, Goodman delivering a line like “we are much too wild to control” might’ve come off confrontational.

On “Control,” it’s, well, controlled — summarizing an album falling somewhere between punk origins and pop aspirations, youth and adulthood, sera e notte.

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Michael Jackson,“Xscape” (Epic)

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