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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 Reveals New Video For Build A Pyre (Begin Again)

Following a sold-out show at XOYO two weeks ago and the vinyl release of his new EP Alternate Worlds last week, Son Lux has unveiled a striking video for track, Build A Pyre (Begin Again), from the record.

Speaking about the new video, director Geoff Hoskinson stated: “The main idea for the video was to visualise fire as an element of power and change. I wanted to symbolise the shared nature of human and flame: the ability for ruin and rebirth. The song lyrics were the major inspiration for the concept while the feeling and tone of the music drove the visual aesthetic.”

Alternate Worlds, the new EP from producer/composer Son Lux 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.

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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 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.

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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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Son Lux Releases Remix Of Recent Single, Easy

With his new album, Lanterns, to be released on October 29, Son Lux shares a hip-hop reworking of his recent single, Easy which features LA rapper and producer Busdriver.

Previous single, Lost It To Trying, previously reviewed on Rocking Republic, seemed ‘…possibly too experimental for some’. Easy shows more form and control in structure. It has a haunting appeal. The original version of Easy can be downloaded from Soundcloud.

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Son Lux aka Ryan Lott

This dark, futuristic soul track lends itself with striking brilliance to what might sound like an incompatible collaboration. Busdriver has created not just a remix but an entirely different vision. In fact, it’s really impressive with rap and trance actually making sense.

Recently noted both for his s/s/s project with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti and for being named NPR’s “Best New Artist of the Year”, Son Lux can be hit and miss but he has definitely got something going on.

In addition to CD and Digital, Joyful Noise Recordings are releasing 500 copies of a ‘colour in colour’ vinyl edition of Lanterns as well as 1200 copies of a ‘split colour’ vinyl edition. Each copy is hand numbered accompanied by a thumb print of Son Lux himself.

Lanterns will be released on October 29.

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Son Lux Gives Away Free Download Of New Track, Easy

On 29 October, New York’s Son Lux, from Joyful Noise Recordings, is set to release his third studio album titled Lanterns. To celebrate this news, Son Lux is giving away his latest track, Easy, as a free download from Soundcloud.

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Son Lux aka Ryan Lott

Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) is most known for his musical project with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti, S/S/S, which lead him to win the NPR award Best New Artist of the Year. The new record is on track to be nine songs long and contains many contributions from other musicians from bands such as The Punch Brothers, The Antlers, Dirty Projectors and Bon Iver.

Along with Son Lux, these artists are indulging in what can only be described as experimental post-rock alternative hip hop electro fusion. Lanterns will include the single Easy with its eerie introduction and echoing electro samples that leave the audience pressing play, over and over again. Lanterns will also include the unique Lost it to Trying, a sprint of tight musical brilliance which makes anyone want to live out their day in double speed. Joyful Noise Recordings are releasing 500 copies of a ‘colour in colour’ vinyl edition of Lanterns as well as 1200 copies of a ‘split colour’ vinyl edition. Each copy is hand numbered accompanied by a thumb print of Son Lux himself. Get pre-ordering now.

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