Son Lux have signed with City Slang Records, which will release the LA and NY-based band's new album Brighter Wounds on February 9, 2018. An early preview of the forthcoming new album can be heard in the first single "Dream State," where amidst the song's ideal vision of youth - "Invincible skin, it's how we all begin" - a triumphant shout blasts through a cloud of synths, underscored by woodwinds and brass from NYC instrumentalists yMusic (who appear throughout Brighter Wounds). Hear the song and watch the lyric video created by the band's long-time collaborators The Made Shop HERE. Brighter Wounds is available for pre-order now HERE.
Son Lux is the genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott, and Brighter Wounds finds the band transformed all over again. On 2015's exultant and explosive LP Bones (praised by NPR Music, Pitchfork, Paste, Drowned In Sound, and more), Lott's then-solo project became a bonafide band alongside guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang - each a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation - igniting a volatile mix of electronic pop, unusual soul and outright experimentalism. This fifth album marks another fundamental shift as Lott leaves universal themes behind to write from a personal perspective: while making these songs, he became a father to a baby boy and lost a best friend to cancer. Days of "firsts" were also days of "lasts," and the normal fears of first-time parenthood were compounded by a frightening new reality - Lott's son was born shortly after Election Day. These songs draw on all of that: warm reflections of a fading past, the pain of still-present loss and a mix of anxiety and hope for a future promised to none.
Launched in 2008 with At War with Walls & Mazes, Son Lux's origin as a solo affair was the result of a classically trained mind straining against the constraints of the medium, turning piles of self-sourced note snippets into pulsing digital orchestras. Across 2011's We Are Rising and 2013's Lanterns, Lott maintained his auteur approach while broadening the Son Lux sound and guest list to unexpected results. The latter album drew the attention of several major pop acts, many of whom who incorporated moments from the album into their own works; Lorde even teamed up on a redux of "Easy," and covered the song on tour. In recent years, the project's list of collaborators has grown to include Moses Sumney, Woodkid, members of the Antlers, My Brightest Diamond, and Olga Bell. Lott's extracurriculars have included Sisyphus, a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti, as well as scoring films like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and Paper Towns.
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