Loja is a reflection on travel and its ability to unlock a larger worldview. The rhythmic music of Southern Shores has always pulled from a global yet shifting set of reference points. Loja also represents a focus on what’s natural, a stripping away of everything nonessential to allow the strongest ideas to develop themselves. The album takes the best of what the Shores have always done well and imbues it with added finesse and maturity. Initially, the album was to be released as a single long-running track, but at the last minute it was re-sequenced to give the songs space to exist on their own. The end result is a record that sidesteps grand statements to deliver a experience that’s subtly transportive.