TOO BEAUTIFUL TO WORK (DEAD OCEANS)
The Luyas are four musicians named Jessie Stein,Mathieu Charbonneau, Pietro Amatro and Stefan Scheider.
They made a record called Too Beautiful to Work at 6 Nassau in Toronto, Ontario, and calln Montreal, Quebec home.
We love Canada. They play instruments like French horn and keys, guitars and drums. Jessie does the singing.
She also plays a Moodswinger. A Moodswinger! A Moodswinger is a twelve string electric zither with an additional third bridge designed by Dutch experimental luthier Yuri Landman.
The rod that functions as the third bridge divides the strings into two sections to cause an overtone multiphonic sound.
The Luyas enlist the help of many friends on Too Beautiful to Work. These friends happen to double as world-class musicians.
(We love Canada!) Owen Pallett plays the violin and arranges the strings. Colin Stetson adds saxophone and clarinet.
Sarah Neufeld (who plays in a band called Arcade Fire) also plays violin. John Marshman adds some cello, Daniel Tavis Romano plays the bass, Lisa Chisholm brings the bassoon and Leonie Wall plays the flute.
Too Beautiful to Work was recorded by Jeff McMurrich, whose fingerprints can be found on fantastic recordings by Tindersticks, Constantines, Owen Pallett and countless others.