Son Lux
Bones


4.0
excellent

Review

by Polyethylene USER (23 Reviews)
July 12th, 2015 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Son Lux saga just got a brilliant new chapter.

Son Lux is the stage name of American composer Ryan Lott. Appearing in 2008 with his spine-tingling debut album At War with Walls & Mazes, Son Lux quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. His songs have the deliberate architecture of a classical composer, whilst also boasting the lush sound palette of an electronic producer. His compositions have a genreless, transhumanist feel to them, where the organic and the synthetic blend softly into one another. His ability to weave live instruments into stuttering electronics is masterful, and makes one think in a strange way of the paintings of Rob Gonsalves. With studio trickery, Son Lux can have instruments warp and bend as though you are looking at them in a funhouse mirror. This could all be dismissed as artsy nonsense, if Son Lux's music didn't have such a human vulnerability at its core.

As its title and bruise-coloured artwork might suggest, new album Bones finds Son Lux as fragile as ever. What sets Bones apart from Son Lux's earlier work, though, is just how fleshed-out it feels. Gone is much of the negative space that characterized 2013's Lanterns. Perhaps his recent collaborations with Lorde and Sufjan Stevens inspired Lott to compose music of a fuller, grander scale.

Bones comes to life with 'Breathe In', a minute-long prologue. “Close your eyes,” Lott implores in his frail voice. “Swallow the sun. You have only just begun.” A surge of strings engulfs Lott, only to usher in the majesty of next track 'Change Is Everything.' Bright and beautiful, 'Change Is Everything' is probably the poppiest thing Son Lux has ever written. However, its melodic sugar doesn't come at the cost of Son Lux's creativity. The keyboard stabs and capricious beats of 'Change Is Everything' shatter any potential notions that Son Lux has 'gone mainstream.' In this way, the song is microcosmic of Bones as a whole: closer to pop music than Son Lux's prior work, but still bursting with details and ideas.

Each song on Bones is crystalline and catchy, from the almost Killers-like fluorescence of 'Flight' to the gorgeous sadness of 'I Am The Others.' The wordless female vocal refrain in 'I Am The Others' is perhaps my favourite moment on the album, challenged only by the waterlogged horns on 'You Don't Know Me.' The only song that is yet to win me over is the sleepy 'Your Day Will Come.' Forgiving that track and the limited vocal abilities of Lott, Bones is fantastic. It is an album of rich textures and diverse emotions. If I were to sum Bones up aesthetically, I would compare it to the tesseract scene in Interstellar. Beams of light? A sense of geometry? A sad figure that seems to be lost in time and space? Hell, that's Son Lux alright.

If you're new to the music of Ryan Lott, you're in for a treat. The Son Lux saga just got a brilliant new chapter.



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Polyethylene
July 12th 2015


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This has been out for a while, but I felt it deserved a review. Great album

Nikkolae
July 12th 2015


6668 Comments


ex gf rec'd me this guy a long time ago, only good thing she ever did, i gotta check this out soon

LotusFlower
July 12th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are there any songs or artists out there who sound like the breakdown in White Lie?

Lord(e)Po)))ts
July 12th 2015


70242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review and happy this got one



altho u should have mentioned the continuation of the weapons melody and where the title "bones" comes from as those 2 elements are things that link this and each of his albums together all the way back to his first

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2015


32289 Comments


In before potsy


...Fuck

Lord(e)Po)))ts
July 13th 2015


70242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Polyethylene
July 13th 2015


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm really enjoying his discog but still not overly familiar with it, so if there are subtle nods to previous work that I missed that'll be why

Lord(e)Po)))ts
July 13th 2015


70242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

each of is albums have a recurring melody that originates from weapons on the first album and each albums name is a direct reference to the album before it

Polyethylene
July 13th 2015


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow, I can't believe I missed that

Ryus
July 13th 2015


36962 Comments


need to hear this, lanterns was pretty good and debut was great



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