Posts Tagged ‘Son Lux’

From the start, Son Lux has operated as something akin to a sonic test kitchen. The band strives to question deeply held assumptions about how music is made and re-construct it from a molecular level. What began as a solo project for founder Ryan Lott expanded in 2014, thanks to a kinship with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia too strong to ignore.

Arriving at a time of considerable uncertainty in the world, Son Lux’s multi-album ‘Tomorrows’ is ambitious in scope and intent. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension.

The music encompassed on Tomorrows provides an appropriate parallel for the sustained cacophony of the present moment, advancing a friction that reveals the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange. While this carefully crafted inversion acclimatizes the ear to tension, the steadily hardening exterior fractures at unlikely moments, revealing a strikingly visceral, emotional core. The process of creating Tomorrows is iterative in nature, with the lyrical content and music continually adapting and responding to one another and the shifting landscape of the moment.

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Released April 16th, 2021

Arriving at a time of considerable uncertainty in the world, Son Lux’s multi-album ‘Tomorrows’ is ambitious in scope and intent. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension.

The music encompassed on Tomorrows provides an appropriate parallel for the sustained cacophony of the present moment, advancing a friction that reveals the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange. While this carefully crafted inversion acclimatizes the ear to tension, the steadily hardening exterior fractures at unlikely moments, revealing a strikingly visceral, emotional core. The process of creating Tomorrows is iterative in nature, with the lyrical content and music continually adapting and responding to one another and the shifting landscape of the moment.

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Releases April 16th, 2021

Video of the day: Son Lux - Change Is Everything

Even for a band dedicated to surprise, Son Lux‘s new single “Prophecy“ represents a notable departure from their usual fare. Yet the song’s bright energy and lilting feel bloom like an outgrowth of their ever-expanding practice, providing the clearest evidence to date of the band’s indebtedness to the J Dilla–D’Angelo nexus. The track is from ‘Tomorrows II,’ out December 4th via City Slang, the second album in a far-reaching three-volume body of work culminating in physical editions of all three volumes to be released together in 2021.

Featured on the track is vocalist Nina Moffitt, whose upbringing in church and gospel music instilled a fascination with the timbral range of layered voices. Inspired by electronic manipulation, she employs rounded whistle tones, fraying choral hums, and more to conjure a world of sound largely unexplored by the band until now.

On ‘Tomorrows’, Ryan LottRafiq Bhatia, and Ian Chang train their sights on volatile principles: imbalance, disruption, collision, redefinition. But for all of its instability, ‘Tomorrows’ exploration of breaking points and sustained frictional places is ultimately in service of something rewarding and necessary: the act of questioning, challenging, tearing down and actively rebuilding one’s own identity. 

Arriving at a time of considerable uncertainty in the world, Tomorrows’is ambitious in scope and intent. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension. 

From the start, Son Lux has operated as something akin to a sonic test kitchen. The band strives to question deeply held assumptions about how music is made and re-construct it from a molecular level. What began as a solo project for founder Ryan Lott expanded in 2014, thanks to a kinship with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia too strong to ignore. The trio strengthened their chemistry and honed their collective intuition while creating, releasing, and touring five recordings. A carefully cultivated musical language rooted in curiosity and balancing opposites largely eschews genre and structural conventions. And yet, the band remains audibly indebted to iconoclastic artists in soul, hip-hop, and experimental improvisation who themselves carved new paths forward. Distilling these varied influences, Son Lux searches for equilibrium of raw emotional intimacy and meticulous electronic constructions.

Taken from Son Lux – “Tomorrows II” – Available to stream and download December 4th via City Slang Records

SON LUX – ” Remedy “

Posted: July 10, 2017 in MUSIC
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“Remedy” by Son Lux takes on weighty political issues with deftly measured artistry. And, like most of Son Lux’s work, it is deceptively complex. For example, while opening track ‘Dangerous’ sounds like a fairly straight-forward chamber-pop on the surface, the layers in evidence when you listen closely are startling, a mind-boggling musical lasagna over which Ryan Lott pours his tremulous vocals like a thin but potent Béchamel sauce.

The grinding mechanisms at play go up another gear on the intentionally disjointed ‘Part of This’, which finds Lott left exhausted by recent political events and yet determined not to let his outrage fade. Over stuttering clockwork rhythms, he moves from the denial of “I don’t want to be a part of this” to the acceptance of “Now I have to know the body count”, finally reaching the promise of retribution: “Now I have to know the bodies count”. The dynamic, defiant ‘Stolen’ follows, before the title track wraps things up with song seemingly about the healing power of music. Needless to say it proves its point by dint of its very existence. And with all profits from Remedy going to the Southern Poverty Law Center, .

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Son Lux have announced details of their debut album as a three piece, Bones, and shared the lead single “Change Is Everything”. Originally the solo project of producer/composer Ryan Lott, Son Lux has expanded to include guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang.

As well as the new LP and single news, Lott and his newfound bandmates have confirmed a handful of European dates, including a stop at London’s Edition Hotel. Bones” is out 22nd July on Glassnote Records.

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Ryan Lott aka Son Lux started his career in music writing music for commercials since then the New Yorker, now he is travelling the world playing his Alternative post rock sounds to a wide audience,