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Arriving at a time of considerable uncertainty in the world, Son Lux's intimate, electro-soul 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.

Ryan Lott, Rafiq 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. Resynthesized strings, acoustically manipulated live instruments and vocals and a classically informed approach to arranging has resulted in an album that feels comfortable, intimate & timeless.

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.


TRACK LISTING

Tomorrows I
A1. Dissolve
A2. Plans We Made
A3. Bending Shadows
A4. Only
A5. Days Past
A6. Honesty
B7. Into Wind
B8. Last Light
B9. Undertow
B10. Involution

Tomorrows II
C1. Warning
C2. Molecules
C3. Prophecy
C4. Leaves
D5. Out Of Wind
D6. Apart
D7. Bodies
D8. Weight Of Your Air
D9. Live Another Life
D10. Borrowed Eyes

Tomorrows III
E1. Unbind
E2. A Different Kind Of Love
E3. Upend
E4. Plans We Make
E5. Glimmer
E6. Come Recover
F7. Sever
F8. The Hour
F9. Embrace
F10. Vacancy

Son Lux

At War With Walls & Mazes

    Ryan Lott, who’s helmed the synth-rock project Son Lux for the past decade, is the kind of songwriter who can turn the most intimate moments sweeping and majestic. His albums treat crisp, minuscule detail with cinematic grandeur.” Pitchfork…. Around 2008 Ryan Lott asked himself this question: ”Can I make a pop record that doesn’t rely on a verse/chorus formula?” In many ways Lott’s first two releases as Son Lux represent his response to that query. At War With Walls & Mazes and We Are Rising documentone of the most compelling musicians of the 21st century finding a distinctive creative voice, while making strikingly original music along the way. Lott turned to sonic texture as a source of musical sustenance, crafting a dynamic mosaic of sound inspired by the collagist technique of hip-hop beat makers. The soundscapes Lott created merged a panoramic symphonic palette with the propulsiverhythmic urgency of hip-hop.

    The only thing missing was a voice, a role Lott hadn’t intended to fill himself. "Some friends helped me to hear in my own voice something that really worked with themusic,” Lott says. "They've both been out of print for awhile. But more importantly, I'm proud of the music, and I feel like it set the right foundation for my catalogue as Son Lux, so it makes sense to bring it back on vinyl and shed some light on it now that the project has a broader audience."Eleven years after his debut as Son Lux, Joyful Noise Recordings is reissuing these first two works on vinyl. A decade after inception, Son Lux has now shifted from Lott’s singular vision into a three-piece ensemble featuring virtuoso musicians Ian Chang on drums, and Rafiq Bhatia on guitar. But Lott’s initial Son Lux recordings still point toward an exciting musical future that contemporary pop music has yet to realize. 

    TRACK LISTING

    1 Prologue
    2 Break
    3 Weapons
    4 Betray
    5 Stay
    6 Raise
    7 Tell
    8 Wither
    9 Stand
    10 War 1
    1 Epilogue

    Son Lux

    We Are Rising

      Ryan Lott's first two releases as Son Lux, At War With Walls & Mazes and We Are Rising , document one of the most compelling musicians of the 21st century finding a distinctive creative voice, while making strikingly original music along the way. Eleven years after his debut as Son Lux, Joyful Noise Recordings is reissuing the works on vinyl. In the last few years, Son Lux has shifted from Lott's singular vision into a three-piece ensemble featuring virtuoso musicians Ian Chang on drums, and Rafiq Bhatia on guitar. But Lott's initial Son Lux recordings still point toward an exciting musical future that contemporary pop music has yet to realize

      TRACK LISTING

      1 Flickers
      2 All The Right Things
      3 Rising
      4 Leave The Riches
      5 Flowers
      6 Chase
      7 Claws
      8 Let Go
      9 Rebuild

      Son Lux

      Brighter Wounds

        Son Lux reemerge with their forthcoming fifth full-length LP, Brighter Wounds, finding the trio in command of a daring, multidirectional sound, expressing naturally the proclivity for surprise and contrast that characterize the project's output. The new release explores the violence of love, the beauty of sacrifice, and the specter of impermanence.

        Anchored by its cinematic heart, “All Directions,” the album ranges from the thunderous charge of “Dream State” to the sputtering, soulful lilt of “Slowly.” Ryan Lott’s devastating vocal on "Aquatic," guitarist Rafiq Bhatia’s blooming flower melismas on "Labor," and drummer Ian Chang’s nearly inhuman rhythmic calculus on "The Fool You Need" illuminate a curious and delicate balance of precision and pain.

        Since 2015’s Bones, the band's profile has grown in the worlds of music, dance, and film. Each member now charts their respective solo paths, and their individual adventures find a home within the purview of Son Lux. On Brighter Wounds, collaborators range from longtime cohorts Rob Moose (Y Music, Bon Iver, The National) and DM Stith (Sufjan Stevens), to new friends trumpeter Dave Douglas and reedist/instrument builder Arrington de Dionyso.

        Son Lux has made invention its hallmark through continued exploration and experimentation. With Brighter Wounds, the triad NPR proclaimed “the world’s most lethal band" now grips exhilaration and heartache in full embrace. In the words of the album's closing refrain, "is this what the resurrection feels like?"

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Forty Screams
        A2. Dream State
        A3. Labor
        A4. Slowly
        A5. The Fool You Need
        B1. All Directions
        B2. Aquatic
        B3. Surrounded
        B4. Young
        B5. Resurrection


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