Son Lux premieres new song “You Don’t Know Me” — listen

Bones hits shelves on June 23rd through Glassnote Records


    Experimental pop musician Ryan Lott spent much of last year collaborating with the likes of Lorde and Sufjan Stevens. This summer, however, his attention is focused solely on his Son Lux project. He’s not just eyeing any old return to the spotlight, either.

    Lott’s expanded the band’s lineup for the first time to include Ian Chang (drums) and Rafiq Bhatia (guitar). Their forthcoming album, Bones, serves as a powerful commentary on the state of the world today. According to a press release, Son Lux’s fourth LP to date following 2013’s Lanterns is a call to action, a document of personal and collective uprising. Themes of metamorphosis resonate in architectural, vivid sound.”

    Son Lux’s latest LP offering “You Don’t Know Me” encapsulates this invigorating sense of activism and desire to tackle chaos head-on. Bhatia told Consequence of Sound about the song’s backstory and seemingly serendipitous beginnings:


    Created in the midst of multiple ongoing struggles for civil rights both in the U.S. around the world, “You Don’t Know Me” calls out the appropriators of dogma. It’s an open letter to anyone who misuses political and religious philosophies to subjugate and oppress their sisters and brothers.

    This track is also a great illustration of the ephemeral collaborative process that birthed this LP. Ryan had bronchitis when he recorded the vocals, which were originally meant to be a placeholder take, but we had to keep them because their rawness serves the song. The drums uncannily mimic Ian’s playing, but were programmed by Ryan. The bassline that anchors the outro came from a single take of me improvising on octave-dropped guitar. We had Moses Sumney stack a million layers of vocals mimicking a part created on a Japanese flute synth patch. Hanna Benn arranged and sang the outro choir parts after a phone call touching on Bach chorales and Mariah Carey. And, once we heard the new D’Angelo record, we realized that the track wouldn’t be complete without electric bass from Jack Hill.

    Echoing the song’s tense themes, Lott’s raspy vocals cut like an icy dagger as he sings pointed lines such as “You write my name on your walls, you don’t know me/ I feel you tracing my scars, you don’t know me.” The instruments also follow suit, sounding like warring weapons — erratic, urgent, and often at odds with one another. Percussive elements pop with color, only to fade and disappear seconds later; some synths bend and twist like rubber, while others shatter and crackle as if made of glass.


    Bones is out on June 23rd via Glassnote Records. For more, check out “Change Is Everything”.

    In support of the LP, the band’s mapped out an extensive North American tour which kicks off next month.


    Son Lux 2015 Tour Dates:
    06/09 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    06/14 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Art Center Festival
    06/16 – Montreal, ON @ Theatre Fairmont
    06/17 – Toronto, ON @ NXNE Music Festival
    06/18 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    06/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    06/20 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Jazz Festival
    06/21 – Saskatoon, SK @ MoSo2015 Music Festival
    06/23 – Edmonton, AB @ The Brixx
    06/24 – Calgary, AB @ Sled Island Music Festival
    06/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Jazz Festival
    06/27 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
    06/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    06/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    07/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
    07/10 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
    07/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
    07/13 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    07/14 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr
    07/15 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
    07/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Luminary Center for the Arts
    07/18 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Music Festival
    07/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
    07/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
    07/22 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    08/08 – London, UK @ Visions Festival
    08/07-09 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
    08/20-23 – Charleville Mezieres, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
    08/20-23 – Hamburg, DE @ Dockville Festival
    08/20-22 – Hasset, BE @ Pukkelpop
    08/20-23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
    08/20-30 – Groningen, NL @ Noorderzon Festival
    08/28-30 – Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine Festival
    09/04 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tivoli Offspring Festival
    09/04-06 – Vlieland, NL @ Into the Great Wide Open Festival
    10/19 – Brussels, BE @ AB
    10/21 – London, UK @ Village Underground
    10/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
    10/28 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu

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