The Luyas recently completed their Dead Oceans debut. Too Beautiful to Work will be released 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.
The Luyas are Jessie Stein, Mathieu Charbonneau, Pietro Amatro and Stefan Scheider. They made Too Beautiful to Work at 6 Nassau in Toronto, Ontario, and call Montreal, Quebec home. They play instruments like French horn and keys, guitars and drums. Jessie does the singing. She also plays a Moodswinger which is a twelve string electric zither with an additional third bridge designed by Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman.
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