The Luvmenauts are an eclectic Toronto-based collective dedicated to paying homage to the sounds of the past. They draw inspiration from film composers like Janko Nilovic, Piero Umiliani, and Alan Hawkshaw; while holding their sound accountable to the faceless dollar-bin, library music gems. The core band consists of Andrew Moljgun (keys), Josh Cavan (guitar), Alex Furlott (bass), and Jon Hyde (drums). together, they are on a mission to create soundtracks for films that never were.
For their latest outing, In Space, The Luvmenauts have created the score for an empyreal journey through an alternate universe. Into the cosmogonic meat-grinder goes the kaleidoscopic worlds of Jodorowsky & Moebius, spicy desert planets, and golden era pulp. What emerges is a psychotropic mosaic of grooves and synthesized eruptions, served with a side of krautrock.
“The Luvmenauts have always been about jamming ideas and feeding off of, and encouraging any and all ideas....however absurd. Despite being quarantined, I think we kept that...childlike spirit of exploration and...frankly, silliness alive on In Space. At the beginning of 2020, we entered into the studio - the unoccupied loft space of a warehouse in Western Toronto - looking to make a space-themed record. Without getting too precious, we laid down the bed tracks directly to a 1⁄8” tape machine. Then COVID hit, and that put the breaks on everything. I think isolation really fueled our independent exploration of synthesizers during the down time. mostly as a means of thwarting insanity. This ended up benefiting the album a lot, and really drove home the space theme.”
released July 2, 2021
Andrew Moljgun - keyboards, flute, synthesizer, taishokoto, percussion, whistle
Alex Furlott - bass, guitar
Josh Cavan - keyboards, guitar, taishokoto
Jonathan Hyde - drums, synthesizer, glockenspiel, vibraphone, guitar, percussion
Adam Beer-Colacino - guitar on #9
Leland Whitty - saxophone on #11
Produced, Written & Arranged by The Luvmenauts
Recorded by Jonathan Hyde & The Luvmenauts at The Hyde Away South, Toronto
Mixed by Jonathan Hyde & Andrew Moljgun
Mastered by Seok
Album artwork by Luke Insect