Montreal’s The Luyas are set to tour Canada and the United States with Julian Lynch in support of 2012’s acclaimed album Animator. Lynch will sit in with The Luyas who will return the favour by morphing into his band during his performance. A full list of dates can be found below.
“The cool thing about this tour is that we’ll all get to play twice,” says the band’s Jessie Stein. “The Luyas are going to be Julian’s band and he will be sitting in on our set. It will be great to get to play twice every night, and stretch out a bit musically. Julian’s music is so patient and layered and beautiful. We are really excited to share these stages with him.”
Watch The Luyas perform ‘Chanelling’ in The Antler’s Minus Green Lab Studio in New York City here as part of the Paper Bag Sessions.
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 Luyasexist 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.
06/04/13 Montreal, QC – PLANT
06/05/13 Boston, MA – Great Scott
06/07/13 Kingston, NY – BSP Lounge
06/09/13 Manhattan, NY – Mercury Lounge
06/10/13 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
06/11/13 Washington, DC – Paperhaus
06/12/13 Baltimore, MA – Golden West
06/13/13 Brooklyn, NY – Northside Fest @ 285 Kent
06/14/13 Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s (NXNE)
06/16/13 Columbus, OH – Kafe Kerouac
06/18/13 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
06/20/13 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
06/21/13 Madison, WI – Make Music Madison
06/24/13 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Explosion @ Le Temporaire
Animator | Tracklisting
02. Fifty Fifty
03. The Quiet Way
05. Your Name’s Mostly Water
06. Earth Turner
07. Talking Mountains
09. Crimes Machine