Get to Know Lebanese Krautrock Duo Lumi
Lumi formed in 2005, three years after Marc and
Mayaline met and started jamming with a collective
that included stalwarts of the Lebanese post-war
indie music generation. Bored of the grand narratives
around tellings and retellings of the war, they came
together as a way to express more intimate stories,
steering clear of the Orientalist exoticism of their
In the summer of 2006, their songs became anthems
of the Lebanese underground. The unexpected
success of their video for Don’t Fuck With My Cat
caught the attention of a record executive at EMI.
They produced their first album — Two Tears in
Water (2008, EMI) — with the label, recording in
Dusseldorf with Andi Toma (one half of Mouse on
Mars). They toured Europe for a while, performing
in Berlin, London, Paris and Barcelona (Sónar).
HIATUS & RETURN
Four years into the band’s hiatus, the pair got back
together following a chance encounter involving a
flat tire. From the reconnection emerged a more
vulnerable sound, mixing sombre and danceable
electronics with a core of artrock-tinged riffs, all
stretched out over tempest landscapes. Their music
carries with it distinct failures and aspirations, much
like the contemporaries they look to: Suuns, The KVB,
Lebanon Hanover, The Kills, Factory Floors.
NEW ALBUM : THE NIGHT WAS A LIAR
The band’s sophomore album — The Night Was A Liar (Studio Keeward, 2017) — is the conclusion of years of exploration, characterised by a mix of heavy electro beats paired with airy rock riffs and vocals that are spread out across lengthy progressive tracks. This album marks a landmark moment in time for Lumi, a moment of musical and artistic maturity.
It was recorded at the epicenter of the Montreal
alternative scene at the mighty Hotel2Tango in
the city’s Mile End district. Under the watchful eyes
and ears of producer Radwan Moumneh (Jerusalem
in my Heart), with the help of SUUNS’ Liam O’Neil on
drums, and Jessica Moss on Violin. The years of
exploration: of the self, of instruments and
songwriting, come together in this new beginning
for the band. Lumi launched their new album on
November 23rd, 2017 with a concert at la Boule
Noire in Paris.
Album produced and released by Studio Keeward
(Montreal), the Keeward artist-in-residence program.
Mastering by Harris Newman (Grey Market