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SON LUX – ALTERNATE WORLD (Alt/Electronica – US)

Son Lux

Bones is the fourth studio album released by American musician Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott), who first came to public knowledge in 2008 with his breathtaking debut, At War With Walls and Mazes, followed by We Are Rising in 2011. Released in October 2013 via Joyful Noise Recordings, Lott’s third album Lanterns has spawned a handful of very successful singles, including “Alternate World” (stream below).

The song features guest vocals from Ieva Berberian, Cameron Schenk, Aaron Strumpel and Shara Worden, which provide a counterpoint to Lott’s raspy vocals. Other guests include Chris Thile on the mandolin and Christopher Wray on pedal stell and bass.

Check out Son Lux’s SoundCloud for more tunes and head over to his Facebook for info and tour dates. Buy the music on

SON LUX – BONES (Experimental/IDM – US)

Son Lux

Bones is the fourth studio album released by American musician Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott), who first came to public knowledge in 2008 with his breathtaking debut, At War With Walls and Mazes. Released in June via Glassnote Records, following the single “Change Is Everything”,  this new record is his first album as a full 3-piece band.

Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang originally joined Lott on his Lanterns tour and the trio quite naturally decided to record new songs together, giving birth to Bones. The Son Lux touch is not lost though: multi-layered arrangements, raspy vocals and lush strings are the pillars of this new album. The songs come across as a clever mix of sharp hip-hop beats and soulful electronica.

Check out Son Lux’s SoundCloud for more tunes and head over to their Facebook page. Buy the new album on

SON LUX – WE ARE RISING (Experimental/Electronica – US)

Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott) first came to public knowledge in 2008, with his breathtaking debut, At War With Walls and Mazes, released on avant-guarde hip hop label anticon. This seemingly perfect record — a clever mix of sharp hip-hop beats, layered vocals and soulful string arrangements — demonstrated a level of musicianship and sensibility that left even the toughest of critic speechless. After this glorious release, Ryan Lott returned to his day job writing music for dance choreography and worked on a new project as Son Lux, the Weapons EP, released in February 2010.

This past January, NPR contacted Lott and talked him into writing and recording a new album, from start to finish, in just one month. The idea, inspired by the New Hampshire-based music magazine The Wire, which invites musicians everywhere to create a record each February, the shortest month of the year, didn’t immediately seduce Lott but, after a couple of days, he accepted. You can listen to the whole thing on NPR’s website or stream “Rising”, featuring contributions from DM Stith and the Antlers’ Peter Silberman, just below.

Son Lux - Rising     

Ryan Lott poured everything he had into this Album-in-a-Month project, which also counts with contributions by members of the yMusic Sextet, My Brightest Diamond and Midlake. The entire process was recorded via blog entries, both written and filmed, as people watched with anticipation as to how he was doing from day-to-day. The album, an exquisite mix of modern electronics, unusual pop and classical notions, will be released on April 26 on anticon.

As a bonus, here’s a gorgeous cover Son Lux did last year for the album Time & Space, a tribute album including covers of Liz Janes songs by seven different artists.

Son Lux - Desert     

Find out more about Son Lux on MySpace. You can purchase his music on


Son Lux

Ryan Lott, or Son Lux, is a classically trained artist who started playing the piano at age 6, then picked up the guitar, learned to play drums and took some jazz piano lessons. While studying composition and piano at Indiana University, Lott first explored writing for dance choreography, something that he continued even after he moved to NYC in 2007.

Son Lux - Break     

Son Lux was then signed to Anticon and released his stunning debut album, At War with Walls and Mazes, in 2008. The songs, with no verses and no choruses, break the patterns of traditional contemporary music. They are part of a very coherent stylistic whole but at the same time all diferent. The mix of soulful electronica, sharp beats and hip-hop influences builds a sonic puzzle that Son Lux puts together and breaks apart with great skill.

Son Lux - Throw     

Listen to Son Lux’s remix of My Brightest Diamond’s song “Inside a Boy” and also Son Lux’ track “where|sir” on the compilation U R MY DISCO//vol.2 and find out more about Son Lux on MySpace. You can purchase his music on

U R MY DISCO // vol.2

U R MY DISCO // vol.2 is out now!! You can stream the whole mix on 8tracks or, if you prefer, you can download it here:


Track list goes as follows:

1. Cut/Copy – Lights and Music
2. Robyn – Cobrastyle (Teddybear cover)
3. Crystal Castles – Courtship Dating
4. Basement Jaxx – Rendez-vu
5. The Little Ones – Lovers Who Uncover (Crystal Castles Remix)
6. Tracey Thorn – King’s Cross (Hot Chip Remix)
7. Foals – Astronauts and All (Barringtone Remix)
8. Feist – 1234 (Van She Tech Remix)
9. Simian Mobile Disco – I Believe
10. Tahiti 80 – Changes (Swayzak Darkfarmer Mix)
11. Cut/Copy – Zap Zap
12. Rubies – I Feel Electric
13. The Presets – This Boy’s in Love
14. My Brightest Diamond – Inside a Boy (Son Lux Remix)
15. Son Lux – where|sir