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.