Son Lux Tomorrows III
April 16, 2021
'Tomorrows III' will be released digitally on April 16th.
Arriving at a time of considerable uncertainty in the world, Son Lux's multi-album 'Tomorrows' is ambitious in scope and intent. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension.
Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia, and Ian Chang train their sights on volatile principles: imbalance, disruption, collision, redefinition. But for all of its instability, Tomorrows’ exploration of breaking points and sustained frictional places is ultimately in service of something rewarding and necessary: the act of questioning, challenging, tearing down and actively rebuilding one’s own identity.
At the start of "A Different Kind of Love" bell tolls of a detuned guitar clang out a warning. "I need a different kind of love," Lott sings, but what reads as a self-serving plea turns on its head as the song becomes a confession. “What loudly righteous prayers from this coward's lungs," Lott sings in the final moments, in what feels like an admission of the many things that are said to be done in love that hurt others.
Listen to "A Different Kind of Love": https://youtu.be/NQVpP9nS1ao
From the start, Son Lux has operated as something akin to a sonic test kitchen. The band strives to question deeply held assumptions about how music is made and re-construct it from a molecular level. What began as a solo project for founder Ryan Lott expanded in 2014, thanks to a kinship with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia too strong to ignore. The trio strengthened their chemistry and honed their collective intuition while creating, releasing, and touring five recordings, including LPs (2015) and >em class="">Brighter Wounds (2018). A carefully cultivated musical language rooted in curiosity and balancing opposites largely eschews genre and structural conventions.
And yet, the band remains audibly indebted to iconoclastic artists in soul, hip-hop, and experimental improvisation who themselves carved new paths forward. Distilling these varied influences, Son Lux searches for equilibrium of raw emotional intimacy and meticulous electronic constructions.
'Tomorrows' will culminate in physical editions of all three volumes to be released together in 2021 - details to follow in the new year.