The Night Was a Liar

by Lumi

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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.

Album Production:

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.

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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

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Lumi Beirut, Lebanon

Lumi are a two-piece alternative electronic rock band from Beirut, Lebanon, with Marc Codsi on synths and drum machines & Mayaline Hage on vocals and guitar.

Lumi formed in 2005, three years after Marc & Mayaline met and started jamming with a collective that included stalwarts of the Lebanese post-war indie music generation.
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Track Name: Raised in Fire
It's always a burn
It's never my turn
We're numbered at dawn
And we're all alone.

A kiss on the cheek
A laugh in the rain
I was raised in fire
I was raised in fire.

The coldness of birth
A wolf in the woods
Eye contact at dawn
And we're all alone.

A slap in my face
I wash it with rain
Alone in the fire
I burn my own fire,

The night was a liar,
I'll burn my own fire.
Track Name: My Love
Here here here here you're my love
Hear hear hear hear you're my love
You're my love
The one that I dream of;

There there there just be my eyes
Please please please please be my sight
You are the light
That keeps my on;

Come on and teach us how to love
How to get out of the lies
I wanna hold on to your light.
Track Name: To the Shore
My heart is sore
It's sore once more
Reminds me of how it was before
The sun shines so much it hurts
It always does
It always does

I thought I was immune to those
Big holes that form inside your soul
I thought I wouldn't hurt no more
I thought I was
I thought I was

Cos I found my way to the shore
Thought I wouldn't be lost anymore
Cos I found my way to the shore
Thought I wouldn't b

My past my lost my aching whore
So long you danced to a lost cause
Reach out yourself a little more
Into my arms
Into my arms

Cos I found my way to the shore
Thought I wouldn't be lost anymore
Cos I found my way to the shore
Thought I wouldn't be lost anymore

Oh don't you wanna get me?
Or would you rather kill me?!
Oh don't you wanna get me
Track Name: From a Dream
It cut my heart in two
It cut my heart in two
It cut my heart in two
Now I wake up
From a dream

Those dreams are tainted rose and blue,
And now
It all happens

In dreams I chase some kind of truth
How long have I run after you
And now it all matters (happens)

In dreams I'm getting close to you
And now
It all matter

And it cut my heart in two
And it cut my heart in two
It cut my heart in two
Now I wake up
From a dream
Track Name: Talk to You
I have a home
Inside my bones,
Something i own
An inner home.

I have a nest
Where lies my quest,
My tension rests.

When i talk to myself,
I talk to you.

All i want is to stay connected,
I strive to stay connected;
My fear is to be disconnected,
Death is upon the lightheaded .

When i talk to myself,
I talk to you... (2)

Inside my bones....
Track Name: Spring
Intro
I don't want I don't want I don't want
You look me in the eye you look me in the eye ....

All my fears
Be gone
All my troubles befriend
All my darkness
Behave

Take me home
To the sun
Take my home
To myself
In the ocean
Ease my burns
Serve me hope
On a bed of flowers

All my fears
Be gone
All my troubles befriend
All my darkness
Behave
Track Name: To the Sea
Baby baby baby come back
Come home to me
I've been living with a longing in me
A longing

Baby baby baby come back
Come home to me
I don't know if I know you yet
Or was it you that I lost
To the sea

Somewhere inside my heart
I'm free....
To the sea....
To the sea....
Track Name: And Run
Speak from your heart and again and again
Speak from your heart and again and again
See with your eyes and again and again
Tell us the stories that do not pretend
You move me
You move me

Speak from your heart and again and again
Speak from your heart and again and again
See with your eyes and again and again
Tell us the stories that do not pretend
You move me
You move me

Get out of your bed
Get out of your bed

Get out of your room
Get out of your room

Wake up from your sleep
Wake up from your sleep
And Run

A kiss on your forehead
A kiss on your forehead
Is all you need
Is all you need

For my mouth to feed
Mouth to feed
With Love

Get out of your bed
Get out of your bed

Get out of your room
Get out of your room

Wake up from your sleep
Wake up from your sleep
And Run


Get out of your bed
Get out of your bed

And silence your fears
And silence your fears

And water your dreams
And water your dreams
And Run

Run