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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

Watch the New Video for the Luyas’ “Moodslayer”

Premiering earlier today at BOOOOOOOM, the Luyas bring us a brand new video for “Moodslayer” from the album, Too Beautiful to Work. The song delves into the life of a friend dealing with schizophrenia. Director Derrick Belcham created the video to focus “on the dichotomy between the protagonist’s experience of the real and unreal within their psychological construct. They are thrown into a spectacular display of thought forms, settling on archetypes of peace from their youth, but, eventually, they are serenaded back into the unreal where a kind of comfort and control can be maintained.”

Featuring handmade paper animations and a variety of light sequences similar to those used in the Luyas’ live shows, it’s only appropriate the objects in the film are being turned by a record player. The video is a part of a growing artistic collaboration, deemed Schtuff, between the director, Ruby Kato Atwood and Luyas member, Jessie Stein. Enjoy!

The Luyas Share New Video, Release New Split 7-Inch with Twin Sister

Above is the new video from the Luyas for the title track off of their new record “Too Beautiful To Work.” The Luyas team up again with director Derrick Belcham of A Story Well Told, continuing a collaboration that has yielded such projects as the video for “Tiny Head” and the La Blogotheque curated live video “Everything is Outta Sight.” Check out an interview with Derrick and the band about the making of the video on Spinner right HERE.

In addition, the Luyas will be celebrating Record Store Day on April 16, with an exclusive split 7-inch with close friends Twin Sister. The record contains two new songs: the Luyas “When I Am a Woman” and Twin Sister’s “Meet the Frownies.” Twin Sister’s track was recorded for the wonderful Weathervane Music project. Check out the video, produced by Shaking Through HERE. You can spy the 7-inch below, and find more info about it HERE.

The Luyas New Album Now Available for Pre-Order. Download the Title Track “Too Beautiful To Work.”

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The Luyas new album Too Beautiful To Work comes out Feb. 22, but you can pre-order the album today and receive an instant mp3 download of the full record along with a physical CD or LP copy by street date. Just go HERE to place your order.

In anticipation of the new release we are happy to share a new MP3 for the album’s title track. The song “Too Beautiful To Work” encapsulates everything we love about the Luyas in just under four minutes. It’s a song worth naming an album after, it’s futuristic pop filtered through a blown-out vintage tube amp. Jessie Stein’s elastic wordplay becomes another instrument, dancing atop the rhythmic keyboards and motorik beat. The layers of sound are dense and lush, augmented by the virtuosic violin of sometimes Luya and all the time Arcade Fire member Sarah Neufeld, and swirling sounds of clarinet and saxaphone, courtest of Colin Stetson. It is a song that feels like a mission statement, and we could not imagine the album Too Beautiful To Work opening any other way.

NEW MP3: The Luyas “Too Beautiful To Work”

The Luyas Announce “Too Beautiful To Work”

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The Luyas will release their new album Too Beautiful to Work on February 22 (February 21 in the UK). A picture-perfect collection of echo-drenched space-age pop songs, Too Beautiful to Work buzzes and pops into retro-futurist sonic bliss. From the vintage effects crackling throughout “Tiny Head” to the cerebral repetition found on the title track, the Luyas’ smart, heady pop sounds vital and modern, yet utterly timeless. The band also knows how to write the perfect hook (“Cold Canada”), pairing it with the more cinematic and atmospheric (“Spherical Mattress,” “Worth Mentioning,” “What Mercy Is,”) side of the band’s elaborate vision. You can read more about The Luyas and Too Beautiful to Work HERE. Check out the new single “Tiny Head” below. Also, after the jump you’ll find the full track listing as well as Luyas live dates with The Antlers and Ra Ra Riot.

NEW MP3: The Luyas “Tiny Head”

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