TUNE LUSTS - Joy In A Joyless Place
NEW SINGLE ‘JOY IN A JOYLESS PLACE’
New album ‘CALL OF THE VOID’ out November 16th
“Urgent and commanding” – The Guardian
“Lusts take their cues from new wave, with glimmering synth lines piercing through urgent swathes of guitar” – NME
“Entwined with subtle 80s infused synths and eerie vocals, Lusts "lost highway" is a liberating dark pop track that'll have you focused on the open road." – The Line of Best Fit
Lusts, the recording pseudonym of brothers Andrew and James Stone, are returning with their brand new LP ‘call of the void’, out November 16th , preceded by the release of new single ‘Joy In A Joyless Place’. The new single follows the vital ‘lost highway’, a pulsating, motoric anthem that gained the attention of Radio 1, Radio X, The Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine and more.
The self-recorded and self-released LP has a diverse palette of sonics and themes, having been inﬂuenced by the endless motion of the city, otherworldly nights, and brutalist architecture. It’s a utopian and romantic record; Lusts are more interested in being part of a developed and progressive future than being caught in a dystopian mire. The album is hopeful rather than despairing, but there are also explorations of darker themes.
‘call of the void’ (or ‘l’appel du vide’ as it was initially inspired) covers concepts of artiﬁcial intelligence, the fragility of mental health, gothic futurism, nostalgia, and the void itself. It’s also evolved from the bands travels across the UK, Europe, and the US, as well as their experiences living in London, the tracks have taken inspiration from a range of new sounds, visuals, and encounters such as Andrei Tarkovsky ﬁlms Stalker and Solaris, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, Francis Bacon paintings, as well as Grimes, Tame Impala and William Basinski.
Utilising the haunting, reverb-drenched production of classic 80’s post-punk as well as the glistening sheen of the iconic synth-pop the decade is so famous for, Lusts explore a rich soundscape of Lynchian ambiance amongst their poppier hooks. There’s a layer of experimentation here too, whether it’s Andy drawing from the themes of Jean Baudrillard’s America for the single ‘lost highway’ or James introducing a rhythmic pattern by tapping pint glasses, inspired by Steve Reich’s minimalistic approach, for ‘joy in a joyless place’.
“The album is about the feeling of standing on the edge of something high up and getting the urge to jump” they tell us, “it’s not necessarily about a death wish, more, paradoxically, it’s about wanting to live and how the mind has strange ways of expressing that. We felt like it’s a really accurate reﬂection of what we want to achieve musically - some of what we create could be seen as being quite dark thematically, but there’s a positivity to what we do, there’s a light there even in the darkness, and we want to uncover and explore that.”
In 2015, Lusts announced their arrival with the instantly infectious single ‘Temptation’ with 1965 Records, winning Steve Lamacq’s Rebel Playlist and followed by acclamatory features for their debut album ‘Illuminations’ in the likes of The Guardian, Q Magazine and NME. Huw Stephens later premiered the album on Radio 1, with the title-track playlisted on BBC 6 Music. They have since toured extensively including Barcelona Razzmatazz, a festival slot at SXSW and a triumphant headline at London’s Electrowerkz.
Shacklewell Arms | London | 22nd Nov
Eagle Inn | Salford, Manchester | 29th Nov
Broadcast | Glasgow | 30th Nov
Leicester | Dryden Street Social | 1st Dec
Tickets available from here: http://www.lustsmusic.co.uk