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Son Lux—a.k.a. Ryan Lott—is an accomplished musician who plays guitar and drums and studied classical and jazz piano and composition, all of which is easily divined listening to his complex music. The previous Son Lux album, We Are Rising, is a beautiful and cinematic collection that weaves together orchestral elements and electronic pop with stunning clarity—and the shocking thing is that it was done in a month, as part of NPR’s 2011 “RPM challenge.” Lott’s follow-up, Lanterns, is only a step above in that it feels more textured, with contrasting ideas nudged against each other like a patch of pretty weeds in a field of wildflowers—all clamoring for equal (and deserved) attention. The larger chamber pop–spirited tunes (like the glittering “Lost It to Trying,” the politely pummeling “No Crimes,” and the catchy, sensual, and creepy “Easy“) are the bold sunflowers, the songs you can’t ignore. The shape-shifting “Ransom” and the gorgeous and poetic ”Lanterns Lit” are songs you might overlook at first, until you notice their scrappy, confident beauty. Lanterns is exquisite choreography for sound.

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"Lost It To Trying" is mindboggling.


this will be the best album of the fall. but if you've heard any of son lux's previous sounds, you know this will be good.

So stoked for this album

I've literally been listening to "Lost it to Trying" five times a day for the past couple of weeks. Can't remember the last time a song captivated me like that.


Born: 2007 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Son Lux is a post-rock project helmed by composer/keyboardist/vocalist Ryan Lott and based in New York City. The youngest of three children, Lott spent much of his childhood moving from place to place. Born in Colorado in 1979, he lived in California and Connecticut before landing in Atlanta for high school. He began playing classical piano at 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...
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