words by tom johnson
The somewhat runaway success of ‘Lost It To Trying’, Nissan advert and all, didn’t just overshadow the brilliant record it formed a crucial part of (2013’s Lanterns) but also, perhaps, its follow-up, 2015’s multi-coloured Bones LP, which feature guest vocals from the likes of Moses Sumney and DM Stith.
Returning today with glorious new track Dream State, one imagines that there’s now enough water between the Son Lux of today and that aforementioned breakthrough to take a bold leap in to the unknown, and, indeed, the lead track from the new Brighter Wounds LP is an immediately vibrant next-step; a swelling and voluminous five-minutes that dazzles the senses from start to finish.
Now signed to the City Slang label for the release of the new album, Ryan Lott’s Son Lux project is once again rounded-off by guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang, but this time we’re told the writing comes from a much more personal perspective, informed by Lott becoming a father and losing a close friend to cancer.
The result, if Dream State is anything to go by, is a tender but spectacular coming-of-age, the song unraveling with gloriously-detailed abandon as the striking instrumentation drives the whole thing forward, making for something wildly inhabiting, even more so when viewed through the prism of the tracks accompanying set of visuals – which you can check out in all their shifting, colourful brilliance below right now.
‘Brighter Wounds’ is released on February 9th, via City Slang