This Is Our Jam Premieres: The Luyas, "Montuno"

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Blossoming from the same Canadian music scene that birthed bands like Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre, and Owen Pallett — all of which this band shares members or has collaborated with — The Luyas create sumptuous arrangements to weave vast latticeworks of lush pop.

The centerpiece and high point of its new album, Animator, is the eight-minute quasi-Jungian opus "Montuno," which contains three movements, each detailing a different aspect of the human life cycle ranging from life, the awareness of death, to death itself.

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. Animator is out now via Dead Oceans in the U.S. and on Paper Bag Records in Canada.

The Luyas— Animator


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