Son Lux in 2016
|Origin||New York, United States|
|Labels||City Slang, Glassnote Records, Joyful Noise Recordings, Anticon|
|Associated acts||Sisyphus, Lorde, Boots, Woodkid|
Son Lux is an American band consisting of Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia, and Ian Chang. The band was originally a solo project by Lott, but became a full band with the release of the album Bones in 2015. The group's most recent album, Brighter Wounds, was released in 2018.
The second Son Lux album, We Are Rising, was released on Anticon in 2011. It was recorded in 28 days for the RPM Challenge. Adam Kivel, writing for Consequence of Sound, described the album as "the dark, operatic middle ground between Owen Pallett and In Rainbows-era Radiohead or Wild Beasts' fantastic, operatic heights."
Son Lux signed with Joyful Noise Recordings in May 2013, the same month that their "haunting rendition" of Black Water was featured in JNR's flexi-series. Simultaneous with the announcement that Son Lux would be joining Joyful Noise, TEAR, a conceptual 7" featuring one new song in two distinct parts, was released. The album Lanterns was released on October 29, 2013. It includes vocals from then label-mate Cat Martino of Stranger Cat. The lead single "Lost It To Trying" was named one of Pitchfork's Best New Tracks.
In 2014, Son Lux released the EP Alternate Worlds, which contained re-imagined songs from Lanterns, including a version of "Easy" with vocals by Lorde. Later in 2014, Glassnote Records announced worldwide signing of Son Lux. In 2015, Ryan Lott was featured on The Art Assignment in a project that invites viewers to work collaboratively around music that he wrote for the program.
- At War with Walls & Mazes (Anticon, 2008)
- We Are Rising (Anticon, 2011)
- Lanterns (Joyful Noise, 2013)
- Sisyphus (Asthmatic Kitty/Joyful Noise, 2014) (with Serengeti & Sufjan Stevens, as Sisyphus)
- Bones (Glassnote, 2015)
- Brighter Wounds (City Slang, 2018)
- Weapons (Anticon, 2010)
- Beak & Claw (Anticon, 2012) (with Serengeti & Sufjan Stevens, as S / S / S)
- Alternate Worlds (Joyful Noise, 2014)
- Stranger Forms (Joyful Noise, 2016)
- Remedy (Joyful Noise, 2017)
- Tear (7", Joyful Noise Recordings 2013)
- Black Waters (flexi-disc series, Joyful Noise Recordings 2013. Black Waters is based on a tune of the same name by American folk singer Jean Ritchie)
- WinterSpringSummerFall 2014, is a mixtape released by Boots, which featured Son Lux on the track "Troubled World"
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