On the awesomely named Set Your Lightning Fire Free, Kingston, New York-based musician Shana Falana, who's joined in her namesake band by percussionist Mike Amari, blasts through an assortment of spectral, reverb-laden dream-pop cuts that play like the blue-skied flipside to the murky output turned in by shoegaze practitioners like the Jesus & Mary Chain.

On the awesomely named Set Your Lightning Fire Free, Kingston, New York-based musician Shana Falana, who’s joined in her namesake band by percussionist Mike Amari, blasts through an assortment of spectral, reverb-laden dream-pop cuts that play like the blue-skied flipside to the murky output turned in by shoegaze practitioners like the Jesus & Mary Chain.

Witness the album-opening “Gone,” which rises as cheerily and steadily as the sun, or the pulsating, new wave-leaning “UR Mine,” which offers shades of Devo (not surprising considering producer Dan Goodwin has worked with the Akron art-rockers). Then there’s the hymn-like “Shine Thru,” where Falana sings of angels crying out in ecstasy atop a glittering, swoon-inducing backdrop that could coax even the high school Goth kids into slow dancing at the prom.

Though Set Your Lightning Free is ostensibly Falana’s debut, the singer has carved out a long, winding musical path that includes a stint in a Bulgarian women’s choir and an assemblage of demos self-released under the title Shana Falana Sings Herself to Sleep. These collective experiences come to full fruition here.

Old Hundred opens the show.

Photo by Kaitlin Egan