Harpist Marilu Donovan and violinist/vocalist Adam Markiewicz are NYC-based duo LEYA.
The group works with and against the grain of tradition, mining intensity through alternate tunings, strange harmonies, and dream-state operatic-like vocals. Beauty underlies their sound but mixes with a sense of unease.
LEYA has released a steady volume of work in several years. Their two albums via NNA Tapes, The Fool (2018) and its critically acclaimed follow-up Flood Dream (2020), exist alongside a range of collaborations. In 2018, the group wrote and performed a full-length soundtrack to I Love You, an erotic film directed by Brooke Candy and produced by PornHub that also features the duo as actors. 2019’s Angel Lust, a collaborative EP with Eartheater, followed courtesy of legendary experimental label PAN. In 2022, LEYA released the fully-collaborative Eyeline, a mixtape featuring contributions from Julie Byrne, Eartheater, Okay Kaya, Actress, claire rousay, James K, Deli Girls, Sunk Heaven, and Martha Skye Murphy. Additional singles and remixes have seen the group paired with Liturgy, Drew McDowall, and Christina Vantzou, among others.