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 Bones (2015), Brighter Wounds (2018), and Tomorrows (2021). 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. Son Lux searches for an equilibrium of raw emotional intimacy and meticulous electronic constructions, distilling these varied influences.
“A rare and perfect mix of classical influences, electronica, and post-rock.”BBC
“A multilayered and heartbreaking collection of icy electronic loops, skittering synths, and soulful melody.”The AV Club
“The sound craft at work here is just remarkable. Son Lux encompasses so many sounds and so many genres… and yet they all sound like Son Lux.”NPR