Son Lux

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There’s a relaxed vibe in the creative works of Son Lux, the recording alias of Ryan Lott, that he might not necessarily feel himself. Lanterns, his latest album under this moniker, threads nine sonic experiments together under an ominous shroud of synthesized gloom—perhaps a fitting analogy, considering the album cover depicts some kind of eclipse. But whether this is intentional or not is left entirely up to the listener. Even when a particular song gets frenzied and reaches ambitiously toward the heavens, there’s always the stark contrast of Lott’s pained vocals—as well as those of several guest singers—to plant us firmly back on solid ground, albeit in a bit of a wistful daze.

Lott fits squarely in with the crowd whose success is hard to predict, having trained as a classical composer yet choosing to branch out into a style of music that’s often mired in banality. Nevertheless, he’s proven himself capable in the almost six years since the release of his debut LP. And somewhere along the way, he managed to attract the attention of NPR, who, in 2011, challenged him to write and record his entire sophomore album, We Are Rising, in the span of just one month.

So what does the future hold for Mr. Lott? He seems to be keeping a relatively optimistic attitude, if his record’s closing refrain serves as an indication: “I’ll keep my lanterns lit,” he coos. Wise words from a dude who appears to thrive in darkness. / JAKE ABBATE

8:30pm. $13. With San Fermin. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com
 

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Monday, February 17, 2014
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