You may not know the name Louis York yet, but if you listen to pop music, you’ve probably heard their work a few times before.
When they’re not in the forefront making their own music, the alt-R&B duo are songwriters and producers for artists like Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus. The individuals in Louis York are vocalist Claude Kelly and multi-instrumentalist Chuck Harmony, whose group name originates from their hometowns (St. Louis and New York City).
The duo’s new EP Masterpiece Theater Act I (out Friday) premieres on Billboard below.
?When asked how their own music differs from the material they produce for other artists, Kelly says it’s “even more potent.”
“Masterpiece Theater Act 1 is different from anything you’ve heard from us before because it’s the first time people will truly be hearing our music from our point of view,” Kelly tells Billboard. “People have gotten pieces of us through the lenses of amazing artists like Rihanna, Bruno and Miley. This time around we’re serving you the sound of the weirdos behind your favorites.”
And what’s up with the unique name for the EP? Harmony shared that the name didn’t even exist until the last day of recording the project.
“We had no idea what this should be called until the last day of recording,” says Harmony. “After listening back and experiencing the music’s dramatic twists and turns, the only thing that came to mind was ‘theater.’ Excellence is always our goal, so Masterpiece Theater reflects that feeling.”
You can pre-order Masterpiece Theater Theater Act 1 on iTunes here.