Following high praise for his mind-boggling new album Lanterns, released late last year through Joyful Noise Recordings, Son Lux brings his intricate and mesmerising live show to Europe as of this week.
With most of the shows, including The Lexington in London on January 23, now sold out, Son Lux has confirmed a return to the capital for a show at XOYO on May 21. Click here for tickets.
Last week a new wintery remix of Easy, one of the album highlights, was posted online. You can listen to it here.
The remix is by elusive French producer Arandel who explained: “We liked the original version for its very creative arrangements, its complex and smart polyrhythmic figures and its weird, sparky yet unidentified sounds. Basically, we just tried to slow it down a bit and find a different groove to it.”
Equal parts producer and composer, Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) bridges an unusual gap between old-world music discipline and next-level experimentation.
Meditative but heaving with energy, Lanterns finds a peculiar congruency between futuristic soul and ancient sentiment. Driving orchestral pop (Lost It To Trying, No Crimes) is placed alongside haunting minimalism (Pyre, Enough Of Our Machines), often starkly juxtaposing densely layered arrangements with Lott’s intimate voice.
His third full-length album, and his first for Joyful Noise Recordings, positions Son Lux at the helm of an impressive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers including Chris Thile (The Punch Brothers), Peter Silberman (The Antlers), DM Stith, Lily & Madeleine, Darren King (Mutemath), Ieva Berberian (Gem Club) and yMusic (Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver).
Son Lux will tour Lanterns across Europe this month. All tour dates will feature a full band backing Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux) with drummer Ian Chang (Landlady, Matthew Dear, People Get Ready) and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia (“the most promising improvisers in the United States today” – New York Times).
Son Lux has also recently reignited his work with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti under the name SISYPHUS (previously called s / s / s). You can find more information here.
You can catch Son Lux live on the following dates in January:
16 St Gallen Palace
17 Luxembourg Rotonde
18 Brussels AB Club (SOLD OUT)
19 Rotterdam Rotown
21 Nijmegen Merleyn
22 Amsterdam MC Theatre
23 London The Lexington (SOLD OUT)
24 Dublin Workmans Club
25 Tourcoing Le Grand Mix
26 Paris MOFO Festival
28 Ghent Voorvuit
29 Stockholm Debaser
30 Helsinki Kuudes Linja
31 Copenhagen Stengade
21 London XOYO (Tickets)