Son Lux are set to release their fifth studio album next Friday, 9th February, preceded by the video for single and album track ‘Slowly’ – watch it HEREBrighter Wounds is the follow-up to 2015’s Bones, which found Ryan Lott officially joined by his touring band members, Rafiq Bhatia (guitar) and Ian Chang (drums), making Son Lux a three-piece.

Brighter Wounds marks another fundamental shift for Lott as he leaves universal themes behind to write from a personal perspective: during songwriting he became a father and lost a family member to cancer. Days of ‘firsts’ were also days of ‘lasts,’ and the normal fears of first-time parenthood were compounded by a frightening new reality – Lott’s son was born shortly after Election Day. Brighter Wounds draws on all of that: warm reflections of a fading past, the pain of still-present loss, and a mix of anxiety and hope for a future promised to none.

In the meantime, check out Son Lux’s playlist of songs that evoke ‘paradoxical architecture’… yup.

1. Sun Ra – ‘Solar Drums’ | Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow

“We witness the boundlessness of space, fold, collapse, expand and its bandleader leads us into a new time signature.”

2. Swet Shop Boys – ‘Birding’ | Sufi La

“Ornithology rap at its most on-point. We are all flightless birds trying to remember our flight patterns.”

3. The Contortions – ‘Designed To Kill’ | NY No Wave

“That moment when human and machine trade currents for breaths.”

4. K Á R Y Y N – ‘Aleppo’ | Quanta 1

“Fear certainty, dream infinity, trade in kindness.”

5. Saro – ‘Test’ | In Loving Memory

“Are there investments we can make, a new deal, into the infrastructure of peace, of connection, of understanding? Let’s replace the roads with rivers.”

6. Sudan Archives – ‘Water’ | Water

“Turn your map upside down.”

7. Tobacco – ‘Slaughtered By The Amway Guy’ | Ripe & Majestic

“Grit and grime for hair gel and social capital. Prepare for the ice age.”

8. Samiyam – ‘What Can I Do’ | Pizza Party

“MC5 kicked out the jams, Samiyam is all marmalade and fruit preserves.”

9. U.S. Maple – ‘Letter To ZZ Top’ | Long Hair In Three Stages

“Surrender over your Euclidian predispositions and false hierarchies.”

10. Radian – ‘Kinetakt’ | Chimeric

“Whispers and lightning. Chakras and probiotics. Your body moves. Use it.”

You can listen to all Ask the DJ playlists on the FMS Magazine Spotify channel.

Find Son Lux’s playlist HERE.

Brighter Wounds is out on February 9th via City Slang.

Son Lux 2018 Tour Dates

February
12 – Milan, IT – Circolo Magnolia^
13 – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks^
14 – Zurich, CH – Mascotte^
15 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne^
16 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux^ SOLD OUT
17 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique^
18 – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef^
19 – Paris, FR – La Cigale^
20 – London, UK – Scala^
22 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg^
23 – Hamburg, DE – Gruenspan^
24 – Berlin, DE – Lido^ SOLD OUT
25 – Cologne, DE – Gebaude 9^
26 – Munich, DE – Ampere^
27 – Warsaw, PL – Progresja^ SOLD OUT
28 – Prague, CZ – MeetFactory^

March
01 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien^
02 – Budapest, HU – Dürer Kert^
03 – Istanbul, TR – Salon
07 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room*
08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater*
09 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
13 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
14 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
21 – Washington, DC – Black Cat**
22 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel**
23 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore**
24 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair**
26 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount**
28 – Toronto, ON – The Great Hall**
29 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall**
^ supported by Hanna Benn
* supported by Gordi, WILLS
** supported by Sinkane & Hanna Benn

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