La Neve is part rave, part drag show, and part moshpit. Based in Providence, Rhode Island and New York City, La Neve has been performing since the release of the American Sounds EP in 2017, which was followed up with the 2019 LP The Vital Cord. SPIN called this earlier work “a dreamy, synth-pop glimmer of hope.” Her latest EP History Solved is her most intense, complex work to date. Created with drummer Karna Ray (also of The Kominas) and producer Marco Buccelli (Xenia Rubinos, etc.), History Solved blends electronic and analog elements into a propelling, beautifully chaotic energy. While her previous work relied heavily on house and electronica, the new EP leans harder into big beat, punk, and digital hardore.
The new sound is fitting for La Neve’s lyrical content. Lead singles “History Solved” and “Soft Power” elaborate on her frequent concerns with labor, power, sex, and possibility. Karna Ray’s percussion provides a newfound driving force to the tracks. Ray joined the band in 2019, and besides elevating the new recordings, has brought La Neve live performances into a new level of joyful intensity.