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Son Lux Releases Video For Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying)

Son Lux unveiled the new video for Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying) taken from the recent Alternate Worlds EP, which is out now via Joyful Noise Recordings. Son Lux is set to play a series of EU tour dates later this year.

Director Imogen Murphy noted that: “…the lush musical production and beautifully layered melody merited an intense narrative. The song is full of melancholy emotion so the treatment had to go deep and dark. The film shows a couple in a disintegrating relationship, unable to move on because of the weight of mutual negativity they carry.”

The tour follows the May 27 release of the Alternate Worlds EP, which featured reimagined versions of the tracks from Lanterns. In addition to Build A Pyre (Begin Again), Alternate Worlds features a collaboration with Lorde on Easy (Switch Screens) which came to be after the New Zealand breakout star began covering the original version live.

Released to much praise late last year, Lanterns sees Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) 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). 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 creepy minimalism (Pyre, Enough Of Our Machines), often starkly juxtaposing densely layered arrangements with Lott’s intimate voice.

Beyond releasing Alternate Worlds and worldwide touring, Son Lux released an album with Sisyphus, his collaborative project with Sufjan Stevens and rapper Serengeti, whose self-titled debut was released on March 18 via Joyful Noise/Asthmatic Kitty. Additionally, Lott is a featured songwriter, producer and performer on Troubled World off WinterSpringSummerFall, the new mixtape from Beyonce producer, BOOTS.

Son Lux also recently scored the upcoming film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, due out this September. Lott, equal parts producer and composer, has been delving into further collaborations as Son Lux, with more details to be unveiled in the coming months.

Son Lux tour dates:

September
23 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
24 – Decibel Festival @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
October
29 – Soy Festival (Stereolux) – Nantes, FR
30 – Rockomotives Festival (Le Minotaure) – Vendome, FR
31 – Pitchfork Festival (Grande Halle de la Villette) – Paris, FR
November
1 – B Sides Festival – Lucerne, CH
2 – Beautés Soniques Festival – Namur, BE
4 – Meet Factory – Prague, CZ
5 – Pod Minoga Club – Poznan, PL
6 – Basen – Warsaw, PL
8 – Iceland Airwaves – Reykjavik, IS
22 – Le Guess Who Festival – Utrecht, NL
23 – Nochtspeicher – Hamburg, DE
24 – Schwutz – Berlin, DE
25 – Gebäude 9 – Cologne, DE
26 – Ground Zero Festival (Le Grand Mix) – Lille, FR
27 – La Cartonnerie – Reims, FR
28 – Le Consortium – Dijon, FR
29 – PULS Festival, Munich, DE
December
1 – Arena – Vienna, AT
2 – Miela Theatre – Trieste, IT
3 – Circolo Degli Artisti – Rome, IT
4 – Winter Plissken Festival (Gazi Music Hall) –Athens, GR
5 – Winter Plissken Festival (Block 33) – Thessaloniki, GR

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Son Lux Reveals New Video For Lanterns Lit

Following triumphant sets at both Latitude & Longitude Festivals this month, prompting The Line of Best Fit to declare Son Lux “…one of the most exciting live artists of his generation”, the New York song-smith shares a new video for Lanterns Lit.

The track is taken from last year’s full length album for Joyful Noise Recordings, Lanterns and this new clip was directed and produced by SJ Finlay with visual effects by Nisha Kumkeaw and colouring by David Tomiak (Brass Tacks Films). About the process of creating the video, Finlay said: “This music video was made while shooting promotional materials for Hope for the Nations as well as a short film to help children at risk in South East Asia.” To keep updated about the release of that film, follow #ChildrenofChange.

Son Lux will embark on West Coast US tour starting on September 19. After those shows the live group, which sees Ryan Lott accompanied by Rafiq Bhatia on guitar and Ian Chang on drums, will start a string of European dates, beginning at the Soy Festival in Nantes, France and ending at the Circolo Degli Artisti in Rome, Italy.

The tour follows the May 27 release of the Alternate Worlds EP which featured reimagined versions of the tracks from Lanterns. In addition to Build A Pyre (Begin Again), Alternate Worlds features a collaboration with Lorde on Easy (Switch Screens) which came to be after the New Zealand breakout star began covering the original version live.

Released to much praise late last year, Lanterns sees Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) 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). 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 creepy minimalism (Pyre, Enough Of Our Machines), often starkly juxtaposing densely layered arrangements with Lott’s intimate voice.

Beyond releasing Alternate Worlds and worldwide touring, Son Lux released an album with Sisyphus, his collaborative project with Sufjan Stevens and rapper Serengeti, whose self-titled debut was released on March 18 via Joyful Noise/Asthmatic Kitty. Additionally, Lott is a featured songwriter, producer and performer on Troubled World off WinterSpringSummerFall, the new mixtape from Beyonce producer, BOOTS.

Son Lux also recently scored the upcoming film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, due this September. Lott, equal parts producer and composer, has been delving into further collaborations as Son Lux with more details to be unveiled in the coming months.

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Son Lux Releases New EP, Alternate Worlds, Featuring Lorde

Introducing Alternate Worlds, the new EP from producer/composer Son Lux. The EP reimagines four songs from his recent album Lanterns and includes a collaboration with Lorde. These exquisite reinventions traverse unfamiliar terrain within remembered landscapes. Their world is both alien and familiar.

Alternate Worlds is currently available digitally with a vinyl release date of May 26. All vinyl pre-orders include an instant download of every song. The EP will be released in three distinct vinyl editions, each pressed on 12″, 45rpm (loud-cut) vinyl:

Alternate World (Alternate Age) is a dark, haunting song. It suits the ‘Alternate World’ title completely; it’s disorientating and random. There is a slightly dub-step style to it but not so much so as to ruin this track.

Previous single releases, Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying) and Easy (Switch Screens) feat. Lorde, both appear on the EP reinvented, of course. Easy is a song that never gets boring.

Build A Pyre (Begin Again) has fast tempo synths blended with the long, exasperated vocals makes for an interesting yet odd listen. There is a chorus of voices which also compliment the rest of the haunting, unusual sounds heard on this track; they sound distant leading this song to be unnerving. It’s a completely ‘out there’ track and is unlike anything else. It’s daring and atmospheric. It’s all these things yet the music has been kept simple, comprising of only a few distinct elements (synths/vocals choruses/harmonies/bass drum/).

Physical copies of Son Lux’s new EP, Alternate Worlds, will be available from May 26.

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Son Lux Releases New Video For Alternate World

After a triumphant European tour, including an intense sold out show at The Lexington in London, and with a wobbly YouTube video of Lorde covering his last single, Easy, doing the rounds, Son Lux has revealed more plans for this year plus a hard-hitting new video for Alternate World.

Alternate World is the opening track of Son Lux’s new record Lanterns, out now on Joyful Noise Recordings. The video shows a prickly and haunting story worthy of the power Son Lux captures within the track.

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Ryan Lott AKA Son Lux

Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, explains: “The past is a type of reality that haunts the present and the film’s story and imagery evokes this feeling beautifully.”

Directors Truman & Cooper add: “The film was shot last December in Normandy. We really wanted to situate the story in a moody, bleak and hazy environment. We love the off season atmosphere over there, its really melancholic. We think that watching the couple wander in this environment would reinforce the feeling of loneliness”.

In addition to Son Lux’s previously announced headline show at London’s XOYO on May 21 and performance at Latitude Festival, a number of regional dates have now been added.

Son Lux has also recently reignited his work with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti under the name SISYPHUS (previously called s / s / s), more information here.

You can catch Son Lux live on the following dates:
May 2013
21 London XOYO (Tickets)
22 Lorient Nuits Soniques Festival – Le Manège
24 Brussels Les Nuits Botanique Festival, Orangerie
25 Amsterdam Tolhuistuin
26 Paris Le Café de la Danse
27 Strasbourg La Laiterie
28 Metz Les Trinitaires
29 Hamburg Way Back When Festival
31 Mannheim Maifeld Derby Festival

June 2013
3 Glasgow Broadcast
4 Leeds The Wardrobe
5 Bristol Exchange
6 Manchester Deaf Institute
7 Athens Plissken Festival

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Son Lux Reveals Return To UK For XOYO Show And Unveils New Remix Of Single, Easy

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.

Ryan Lott AKA Son Lux

Ryan Lott AKA Son Lux

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

May
21 London XOYO (Tickets)

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Son Lux Reveals Video For Album Track, Pyre

Son Lux has revealed a beautiful new video for album standout track Pyre. The song is taken from his album Lanterns which received a multitude of praise when it was released earlier this year through Joyful Noise Recordings. Son Lux will embark on a European tour throughout January including two UK shows.

Directed by The Craig Brothers and featuring Son Lux and dancer Bennyroyce Royon, the video magically mirrors Ryan Lott’s explosive sound with layers of paint appearing on bare human bodies. The video is beautifully shot helping to highlight the simplicity yet intensity that this song has.

Son Lux Pyre

Screen shot from Son Lux’s Pyre video

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.

In recent past Son Lux has gained notoriety both for his s/s/s project (with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti) and for being named NPR’s Best New Artist of the Year.

His third full-length album, and his first for Joyful Noise Recordings (Kishi Bashi, Sebadoh, etc.), 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 in January. 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 who has been classed as ‘the most promising improvisers in the United States today’ by the New York Times.

You can catch Son Lux live on the following dates in January:
14 Berlin Bi Nuu
15 Cologne Arttheatre
16 St Gallen Palace
17 Luxembourg Rotonde
18 Brussels AB Club
19 Rotterdam Rotown
21 Nijmegen Merleyn
22 Amsterdam MC Theatre
23 London The Lexington
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

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Son Lux Releases New Video For Lost It To Trying

With his new album Lanterns released last week, Joyful Noise Recordings’ Son Lux has released a music video for the engaging new single, Lost It To Trying.

The music video which was directed, choreographed and edited by Jennifer McQuiston Lott explores human interaction through the mediation of dance focusing on two individuals. The video accompanies Lost It To Trying beautifully with the greyscale colours contrasting the colourful spectrum of the track itself.

Ryan Lott AKA Son Lux

Ryan Lott AKA Son Lux

The video compliments Son Luxs’ creation due to the editing, animation and visual effects by Anthony Ciannamea which screams to outer space. The light, small floating circles and planet like sphere that displays the dancing figures produces a space theme, a term that could easily be used to describe the single Lost It To Trying.

On the back of the release of Lanterns, Lost It To Trying and the new music video, Son Lux AKA Ryan Lott is set to go on tour in January 2014. Son Lux’s European January tour commences on the 14 in Berlin and concludes in Copenhagen on the 31. With his UK fan base growing, tickets are selling fast, however there are some still available for the show in London at the Lexington on 23 January 2014.

Tour dates below:
14 Berlin Bi Nuu
15 Cologne Arttheatre
16 St Gallen Palace
17 Luxembourg Rotonde
18 Brussels AB Club
19 Rotterdam Rotown
21 Nijmegen Merleyn
22 Amsterdam MC Theatre
23 London The Lexington
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

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