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Album Review

Whatever else can be said about Too Beautiful to Work, it's clearly a demonstration that the trend toward mini-pocket orchestras and detailed arrangements in whatever indie rock is supposed to be sometimes can turn out mesmerizing results. Instead of the far too typical drama production singalongs, the Luyas are somewhere else again — maybe a blend of whatever space age pop became codified as in the wake of Stereolab and cocktails with their own ear for what a hook can be. (That Owen Pallett contributes to the arrangements seems only apt, given a similar drive toward the lush without being simply interested in re-creating the past too perfectly.) Jessie Stein's vocals, sometimes sweetly singsong and sometimes swoopingly strange, provide less of a central hook than might be guessed. If the album isn't shoegaze either, there's a similar appreciation of the possibilities of sinking into sound, where everything can be an instrument depending on the moment — thus there are songs like "Worth Mentioning," "Moodslayer," and "Spherical Mattress" (the latter having one of the best titles around, suggesting something as bouncy as its arrangement). Elsewhere, slightly more straightforward songs like the skeletal feel of "Canary" and the skittering "Cold Canada," centered around a one-note loop even when looming banks of strings and sound fill in the background, keep each song from ever being quite like the song before it — even while a general feel of the band as a whole continues through to the concluding "Seeing Things." Leave that song to wrap everything up on an almost 1968 Top 40 sunshine pop swing too — at least, almost.

Customer Reviews

First to review xD nice

An indie band from Montreal, awesome and interesting music, cool instruments like the moodswinger...
I mean, really, must I say more?
Incredible :)

Too beautiful to work

Superb music, innovative and creative sound enviros bringing you in places you had never imagined. Long live The Luyas! Mama

Too beautiful to not listen

Sit in a hammock with a bottle of wine (or tea, or nothing), stare at the stars, smile and just listen.


Formed: 2006 in Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Experimental Canadian indie rock ensemble the Luyas make arty, atmospheric pop. Formed in Quebec in 2006, the band centers around lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jessie Stein and also features keyboardist/French horn player Pietro Amato, drummer Stefan Schneider, and organist Mathieu Charbonneau. The band self-released an EP in 2008 and followed it with the full-length Faker Death in 2009. The Luyas then signed to Dead Oceans and released the album Too Beautiful to Work in February of 2011. In...
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