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 Loďe 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: New Video for The Luyas’ “Fifty Fifty”

The Luyas’ sophomore album, Animator, isn’t out until October 16, but you can enjoy their brand new video until then! Premiering today at Stereogum, the dramatic “Fifty Fifty” video was directed by Derrick Belcham and choreographed by Katie Ward. Watch above.

The Luyas Announce New Album – “Animator,” First Single Available for Download


What a great day to be a Luyas fan! The group announces the follow-up album to 2011′s Too Beautiful To Work. Titled Animator, the new record was created through a particularly difficult time following the sudden death of a close friend. Through both the introspection caused after losing someone and the act of joining together for the sole purpose of music, Animator – an album that is “intuitive, seductive, moody and textural,” came to be. Animator is out on Dead Oceans October 16, but you can listen to the first single, “Fifty Fifty,” below. Premiering earlier this afternoon at Pitchfork, the song is up for 1,000 free downloads – after it will continue to be available for streaming!

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.

 
Animator | Tracklisting /
01. Montuno
02. Fifty Fifty
03. The Quiet Way
04. Face
05. Your Name’s Mostly Water
06. Earth Turner
07. Talking Mountains
08. Traces
09. Crimes Machine
10. Channeling

The Luyas Are Heading To Europe

This is your friendly reminder that The Luyas are heading out on their THIRD European tomorrow! Catch them soon and check out this great video for their single “Too Beautiful To Work”

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The Luyas Visit WFUV’s The Alternate Side


The Luyas visited WFUV’s The Alternate Side for an interview and live session, which will be broadcast tomorrow at 11AM EDT on 91.5 WNYE and streaming via the Alternate Side’s website. Watch the band perform “Canary” above, and if you have not seen Jessie Stein of the Luyas play her Moodswinger, this footage is fantastic. The band is on tour in the North America and Europe throughout the fall, check out all of the dates. Watch two more videos from the Luyas visit to The Alternate Side below.
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