The Luyas

The Luyas went into the studio on a February morning with the plan of getting some drum sounds to start writing songs for a new album. As the mics were going up, the band received a phone call. There had been a sudden death. The incomprehensible event left the band in an existential daze. The mics put themselves up that morning. The resulting LP, Animator, opens with "Montuno," a 9-minute account of a hallucination about the repetition of days, the split seconds that define us, and the strangeness of the certainty of death. There's something almost supernatural to the feel of the record. "Animator is supposed to be some weird resuscitation. The animator's job is to create the semblance of movement in things that cannot move themselves. The musician's is to make us feel like something is happening with a sound" explains singer and multi-instrumentalist Jessie Stein. Recorded and produced at the Treatment Room by band member and experimental brass player Pietro Amato and mixed by Jace Lasek of the Besnard Lakes at his Breakglass Studios in the band's hometown of Montreal, Animator is a cathartic sophisticated collection of songs. As melodically compelling as it is artistically rich, Animator is intuitive, seductive, moody and textural. It slowly unfolds its beauty and trusts the listener to stay with it. Just as dance pioneer Loe Fuller, whose image graces the album cover, beguiled the world with the Dance Serpentine, the songs on Animator have a hypnotic effect. Sarah Neufeld and Amato's arrangements of string and horn float throughout, fragile and fleeting. Stein's gentle vocals have an eerie insular feel. Mathieu Charbonneau and Mark Wheaton's rhythm section put you in a trance. Fleets of strange noises dot the horizon. Like Portishead or the Silver Apples, the Luyas exist in the world to communicate something original yet fundamentally relatable without resorting to nostalgia. The band's riveting live show has been charming fans since the release of 2011's Too Beautiful To Work, and they've toured the world with the likes of the Antlers, the Dodos and Blonde Redhead. The Luyas are ascending a trajectory of artistic vision and creativity, and asking if we, too, are curious.

WATCH // The Luyas Perform Live for Here Today

While on tour last year (weird to say), The Luyas met up with Copenhagen’s Here Today for a live session. We have three new videos to share: “Face,” “Fifty Fifty” and “Channeling.” All three songs are off their album Animator! Watch the performances above!

WATCH // The Luyas Perform at LE GUESS WHO?

While at Le Guess Who? Festival earlier this month, The Luyas performed live to a packed house at The Village Coffee. It’s all for a 3voor12 session. You’ll notice songs off their recently released album, Animator. Watch above.

INTERVIEW // Jessie Stein Talks to Nonstop Sound

The Luyas’ Jessie Stein recently moved to New York City and here she is talking to NBC’s Nonstop Sound. In this new piece, Jessie talks about her reasoning for making music and the feeling she wants her records to invoke. “I guess it’s in a way an attempt to combat the commodification of everything.” Watch the interview above.

Finished with the first interview? Check out Jessie in a new episode of the Beginnings podcast.

WATCH // The Luyas Perform “Talking Mountain” for Out of Town Films

The Luyas met with Philadelphia’s Out Of Town Films during CMJ for one of their many live sessions. Filmed in the basement of an old loft somewhere in Greenpoint, the video features The Luyas performing “Talking Mountain.” It is a track off their recently released album, Animator.

You can also check out the audio from The Luyas’ live CMJ session at the Fred Perry Artist Lounge / Stratosphere Sound Recording Studios. InSound has an exclusive download – you’ll find it HERE.

Enjoy your audio and video, but get out and see The Luyas live! Full tour schedule and ticket links available on our tour listings page.

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Mike Mori, mike@windishagency.com

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