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Son Lux Friday March 14, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kayla @ 8:49 pm


KUPS is involved in a deal with the Volcano (the Tacoma version of The Stranger, or The Source* if you live in Bend) in which one of our music directors writes an album review each week in exchange for free advertising. This week was my first time writing one and I had no idea what to write about. The stuff that went up on rotation this week wasn’t too compelling or has been written up by everyone and their mom already (She and Him…god they’re everywhere) so I frantically started listening to every CD we got in the mail, and what do you know, the latest Anticon release pulled through for me. I’m not going to lie, part of the reason I picked it is because the cover art is so dang pretty, but the music is fabulous as well. The cover art was created with a computer program which uses audio inputs to create visual images. They put in music from the album and that is what it made. Pretty cool.

Here’s a track off the album

[mp3] Son Lux-Break

And here’s a really sweet video for that song

My full review after the jump. Here’s the link to it on the Volcano site so you can brag to all your friends (or smug fellow teachers as the case may be) that you know someone who has been published in the free weekly paper of the suicide capital of America.

*incidentally I recently learned that there is also a very prominent hip-hop magazine called The Source. The irony of this is not lost on me, or I suspect anyone who has ever set foot in Bend

Son Lux At War With Walls and Mazes

Son Lux, the latest addition to the Anticon family is Ryan Lott, a 29-year-old Cleveland native with a degree in music composition from Indian University. His music is hard to define, it definitely shows off his classical training, but also includes strong electronic influences. Piano is the main unifying instrument, but this is not piano-driven indie-rock by any means, it is far more complex than that. Surprisingly un-ironic saxophone, Harmonica, and everything from strange chirping noises to opera make an appearance on this record. The piano is often traded in for synthesizers and other computer-generated sounds which creates a rich orchestral-electronic sound. Rhythm is also a strong component and most songs have very prominent drums which at times are more than a little reminiscent of label-mate Dosh’s work.

If you are a fan of the layered sound of Menomena and/or the beautiful and inventive melodies of Andrew Bird* Son Lux will be right up your alley.

*Shut up Kevin.


2 Responses to “Son Lux”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Mmm, my jokes have become predictable. (Jokes? Jokes!)

    Anyway, nice review, though it’s hard not to love + agree with the phrase “surprisingly un-ironic saxophone.”

    Dude has a neat video too.

  2. […] Tuesday May 6, 2008 Filed under: Uncategorized — Kayla @ 5:30 pm You may remember the album review I wrote about Son Lux’s debut album a few months back. Well, as soon as I heard that album I […]

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