New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Luxley (a.k.a. Ryan Gray) will release his anticipated debut Spirit
EP in 2016 following the release of his first single/title track earlier this year which BULLETT described as an "effervescent cascade of danceable momentum." The Line of Best Fit premiered the next track "Camera Lens" and said the track beats "with the pulse of Hot Fuss-era Killers" and is a mix of "'80s synth inspired melodies and earnest lyrics and vocals."
LISTEN: Luxley - "Camera Lens"
"The song is about three people. Star-crossed lovers," Gray told Line of Best Fit. "He's telling a story about the night he told a beautiful photographer/artist how he feels about her, but she reveals that she's still in love with a photographer. But what she's doing isn't going to end well with this photographer because he has her on puppet-strings. He's manipulating her the way a photographer manipulates its subject through the lens of a camera. I want people to feel a sense of desolation that comes with jealousy or a fleeting romance."
Luxley was started when Gray, a former MD/PHD student, decided to follow his heart. He had been producing music as a creative outlet while studying at Tulane University in his hometown of New Orleans. As his passion for music grew, Gray decided to take a break from his medical program to write and record his first EP, Spirit
with co-producer Ayad Al-Adhamy (ex Passion
Pit, Team Spirit) and engineer/mixer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes). Simon
Katz (Youngblood Hawke) added additional production and mixing to the tracks.
Filled with "big time spirited pop...with infectious tones that you never want to end" (Impose), the EP draws influence from artists like Passion
Pit, Friendly Fires, Imagine Dragons, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, St. Lucia, and Tears
For Fears. The album also finds Nora Patterson of fellow Louisiana indie-pop favorites Royal Teeth lending her vocals to create upbeat, infinitely danceable harmonies.
Since wrapping the EP, Luxley has hit the road with Bombay Bicycle Club, Milo Greene, and Mystery Skulls
putting on a live show that CMJ describes as a "rousing set of joyous pop" and Wild Honey
Pie called "a dance-filled, high energy night."
04) Camera Lens
05) Dance Baby