|Son Lux — Lanterns |
Son Lux — Lanterns
♦♦ We are very pleased to announce the new album from Son Lux! Equal parts producer and composer, Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) bridges an unusual gap between old-world music discipline and next-level experimentation. 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".
♦♦ In creating his often complex soundscapes, whether using acoustic or electronic instruments, or a mix of both, Lott begins every composition “with a set of limitations,” he says. “The imposition of restriction for me is an effective way to tunnel out new paths during the creative process.”
Born: 1979 in Denver, Colorado
Location: Cleveland, OH ~ New York
Album release: October 29, 2013
Record Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
Catalog #: JNR126
01. Alternate World (4:15)
02. Lost It To Trying (4:43)
03. Ransom (5:09)
04. Easy (4:01)
05. No Crimes (5:00)
06. Pyre (4:56)
07. Enough Of Our Machines (5:09)
08. Plan The Escape (5:32)
09. Lanterns Lit (2:56)
10. Pyre (Alarm Bells) *Bandcamp Exclusive Bonus Track* 4:13
℗ 2013 Joyful Noise Recordings
♦♦ In addition to CD & Digital, Joyful Noise will release two separate versions of limited edition vinyl:
♦♦ Deluxe VIP Edition — Limited to 500 copies on clear / black "color in color" vinyl. Each copy is hand-numbered, and personally thumb-printed in silver paint by Son Lux himself.
♦♦ Split-Color Edition — Limited to 1200 copies on clear / black "split color" vinyl.
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2006 EMERGING ARTIST AWARD FOR MUSIC: http://www.clevelandartsprize.org/awardees/ryan_lott.html
♦♦ So the new Son Lux album Lanterns is scheduled for release in October but Ryan Lott has already released a track from the album (which happens to be one of my favorites off the album) entitled “Lost It To Trying”. In 24 hours the song was streamed 10k times and in less than a week it’s hit 70k streams. Not to shabby. I’m really excited about this release of this album for a few reasons. The first is that it’s incredible, the second is that I was honored to play bass and pedal steel on the first track entitled “Alternate World”, and the third is it looks like I’ll be playing multiple instruments for the album release shows. I know that sounds really self involved but to say I’m proud to be a part of this project would be a big understatement. The previous Son Lux Release, “We Are Rising”, blew my effing socks off. Lanterns has done that and more.
♦♦ "Meditative but heaving with energy, Son Lux's third full-length weaves disparate elements into songs both strange and welcoming. On the heals of being named NPR's "Best New Artist of the Year", Son Lux created an album that sits as comfortably next to the compositions of Stravinsky, John Adams, David Lang and Ben Frost, as it does to those of Jamie Lidell, Björk, Flying Lotus, and Radiohead."
♦♦ Un groupe qui a les faveurs de presque toute la presse musicale. A découvrir.
♦♦ 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 (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).
♦♦ The youngest of three children, Ryan Lott spent much of his childhood moving from place to place. Born in Colorado in 1979, Lott lived in California and Connecticut before landing in Atlanta for high school. He had been playing classical piano since age six; he also played the guitar; and in Georgia he picked up the drums and began learning pop and jazz piano as well. While studying composition and piano at Indiana University, Lott first explored writing for dance choreography, something that he continued not only after graduation when he was living in Cleveland, where, as the recipient of an arts grant, he was able to spend time working on his own music and its interaction with other media, but also after he moved to New York City in 2007 for a job as a composer at an ad agency, where he continued his collaborations with the Gina Gibney Dance Company, an all-female modern dance group. During this same time Lott also decided to pursue his solo work, using tiny samples and his own voice to make ethereal, nocturnal music that drew both from hip-hop rhythms and experimental rock and electronica arrangements, and decided to call himself Son Lux. He won a songwriting competition that gave him the opportunity to perform (for the first time under his new moniker) at the Festival of Faith & Music in Grand Rapids, MI, opening for artists like Emmylou Harris and Sufjan Stevens, and soon was playing in New York City and remixing songs by artists like Beirut and Castanets. Signed to anticon, Son Lux released his debut album, At War with Walls and Mazes, in March of 2008. For his second album, Lott had to completely upend his normally slow and careful creative process after being invited to patrticipate in the 2011 RPM Challenge, in which musicians attempt to completely write and record an album in the month of February. ♦♦ This was a major change for him, as Walls and Mazes took four years to create, but Lott stepped up to the challenge, releasing We Are Rising in 2011.
♦♦ "brainy and muscular, propulsive and complicated, mournful and celebratory — [the sound] is all Lott’s own" — Pitchfork
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