The Luyas Release 'Montuno' Video, Start East Coast Tour, New Single Out Now

The Luyas Release 'Montuno' Video, Start East Coast Tour, New Single Out Now

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Last Edited by: Nuno Saque Ferreira November 5th, 2012.

The Luyas are proud to share their most creative and ambitious project yet with the release of their masterful video for 'Montuno.'

Directed by Mylène Simard, the video captures the essence of the theme and idea behind the song. Jessie Stein from the band explains: "'Montuno' is about daily life just plodding along and the realization that you are going to die, and eventually finding yourself quite dead, and in some kind of heaven. What's worse, dead you is half horrified at your formerly alive self for being a quixotic fool, but also nostalgic for living, because life was sweet to you, too."


Click here to watch the epic, nine minute video on Refinery 29, who write, "The new video matches the song's vast ambitions, with imagery that ranges from darkened forests and time-lapsed skies to face-painted lovers and interpretive dancers. There's a primordial air to the whole affair, as the youthful protagonists discover themselves along with the vastness of the natural world."

October marked a busy and important month for the Montreal-based band. Animator, their second record on Dead Oceans, came out to critical acclaim, they released their second single, 'Your Name's Mostly Water,' on Rolling Stone and had a whirlwind week of success at CMJ.

NPR wrote of the "notable moment" captured from the band's CMJ performance, "who made elegant and complex music with an orchestral and electronic feel" while WNYC noted they were "inventive, crafting some of this year's most alluring, sad music." The Luyas return to the US for a run of dates down the East Coast before leaving for their European tour, which includes dates with Destroyer.

Tour Dates
  • 11/02 - BCA Center - Burlington, VT
  • 11/03 - Cake Shop - New York, NY
  • 11/04 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
  • 11/05 - Red Palace - Washington, DC
  • 11/07 - Bathurst Culture Arts - Toronto, ON
  • 11/08 - Casbah - Hamilton, ON
  • 11/09 - Maverick - Ottawa, ON
  • 11/13 - Cabaret - Montreal, QC
  • 11/25 - Botanique - Brussels, BE
  • 11/27 - Babel - Malmo, SE *
  • 11/28 - Vega - Copenhagen, DK *
  • 11/29 - Lido - Berlin, DE *
  • 12/02 - Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, NL
  • 12/04 - Point Ephemere - Paris, FR
  • 12/05 - Saint Ex - Bordeaux, FR
  • 12/07 - Les Trinitaires - Metz, FR
  • 12/09 - Birthdays - London, UK
* with Destroyer

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 Loïe 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.

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

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