Son Lux began as the solo project of classically trained electro artist Ryan Lott, but it was expanded to a trio for last year’s underrated Bones. The trio is set to follow up that excellent full-length effort with the Stranger Forms EP this summer. The EP is the most ambitious foray for Son Lux yet, and “You Don’t Own Me” is one hell of an audacious track.
It opens with winding, wandering, triumphant horns and careens into a marching band feel with the horns coming in huge bursts with big drums. Lott’s soulful vocals come in to signal a switch to a more subdued, jazzy aesthetic and then the two contrasting sounds alternate, wonderfully fluctuating the energy and evolving the sonic for a relentlessly engaging excursion. Hanna Benn joins to punctuate the crescendo as Lott provocatively repeats “You don’t know me/ You don’t know me at all,” evoking the gamut of emotions that come with the realization of someone you care about knowing you less intimately than you thought or would like them to. The tension between the brightness and immensity of the sound and the darkly shaded sentiments makes for a stirring experience. Listen. Check out the EP opener, “Cage of Bones” below as well.
01 “Cage of Bones”
02 “You Don’t Own Me” (Feat. Hanna Benn)
03 “Change Everything”
04 “Redone” (Feat. Olga Bell)
05 “We Are The Ones”
05/20 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
05/21 Durham, NC @ Moog Music & Arts Festival
05/23 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
05/24 Nashville, TN @ Exit In
05/25 Chattanooga, TN @ Revelry Room
05/27 Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Theater
05/28 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
05/31 New York, NY @ National Sawdust
06/01 New York, NY @ National Sawdust
Stranger Forms is out 6/17 via Glassnote. Pre-order it here.