Lumi’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. Four years since they emerged from their hiatus, this album marks a landmark moment in time for Lumi, a moment of musical and artistic maturity.
The allegory behind The Night Was a Liar:
The album is constructed to tell a story, the story of Beirut, of the band. A story both intensely personal and universal. Its construction is that of a fable, starting with the birth of a character (Raised in Fire) who is unleashed into modern society. He/She has to learn to break free from the evils of society to follow his/her dreams, find love (Come on and us how to love, how to get out of the lies).
It is a hero’s journey, fraught with danger. “The Night Was A Liar” suggests that the path seems deceptively easy, whereas it is filled with both the mundane and the excessive. It is easy to imagine Beirut’s legendary nights as the titular liar, heavy with promises, and ultimately deception and illusion.
Our central hero(ine) takes charge, wanting to “Wake Up From The Dream” and start following the inner light (Talk to You), to go home. To the sun, the sea, the ocean (Spring). In contrast to the urban sprawl and its deception, nature plays a liberating role, Mayaline singing “All my fear be gone.”
The journey concludes with a choir of zombies in a nightclub: a call to action, to awaken. The words “Get out of your bed, get out of here and silence the fear and water your dream and go” ring out, with an enduring echo looking for a response, a resonance.
The album 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 sophomore album, a new beginning for the band.
released May 1, 2017
Written and Composed by Mayaline Hage & Marc Codsi.
Produced and released by Studio Keeward, the Keeward artist-in-residence program • Recorded at Thee Mighty Hotel2Tango • Produced by Radwan Moumneh • Mastering by Harris Newman (Grey Market Mastering) • Liam O'Neil on Drums • Jessica Moss on Violin