Do you like wispy music performed by pixies with a dark side? If so, you should be checking out The Luyas. Members of the vibrant Montreal music scene, the four-piece formed in 2006 and often features instrumentation unique within pop music. Like, say, a french horn.
Their latest (excellent) record, Animator, offers smooth, textured ambiance accompanied by a sense of latent tension. If that characterization sounds familiar to fans of Blonde Redhead’s lushly haunting album, 23, well, the two bands once toured together.