Thursday, 9 June 2011

Recommended music: 'We Are Rising' by Son Lux

I'm sure a lot of musicians would say that making an album is a challenge, but this one really was. The people at NPR Music contacted Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux) in January and asked if he'd be interested in making an album from scratch during February. Initially he thought he couldn't do it, but then decided to embrace the challenge and see what could be achieved.

The result is the brilliant 'We Are Rising', an album full of complexities and intrigue that twists and turns its way from your head to your heart and back again. Proving almost impossible to characterise, the tracks range from darkly threatening ('Claws')) through to simple and melodic (the gentle and haunting 'Flowers'). Lott's distinctive voice provides the one permanent feature as it floats above the music, sometimes fragile, sometimes menacing.

Repeated listens reveal the layers of work that have been put into the recording - if this is what can be achieved in 28 days then maybe more acts should be forced to work at this pace. If he continues to produce work of this quality then this Son truly will be Rising.

You can listen to the whole album below, and either buy it from Bandcamp or iTunes (or I guess anywhere you normally buy your music. It's released on Anticon Records.

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