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 /
02. Fifty Fifty
03. The Quiet Way
05. Your Name’s Mostly Water
06. Earth Turner
07. Talking Mountains
09. Crimes Machine
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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At SXSW this past March, the Luyas visited Big Orange Studios in Austin, and recorded a Daytrotter session. Listen to the band’s fiery take on “Spherical Mattress” from Too Beautiful To Work, along with three others here. Get over to Daytrotter and put this one on repeat, it’s perfect.
The Luyas embark on another long tour in just a few weeks. They’re joining the Dodos once again, this time in North America. We can’t wait to see them onstage together — a little Doyas magic happens when they join forces onstage every night. Check out the full list of shows here. We will have more European dates for the Luyas very soon, stay tuned.
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