Son Lux

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Son Lux
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Son Lux performing in Austin in 2010.
Background information
Birth name Ryan Lott
Born Denver, Colorado[1]
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Post-rock, alternative hip hop, Trip hop
Occupations Singer, producer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Anticon, Joyful Noise Recordings
Associated acts Sisyphus, Lorde

Ryan Lott, better known by his stage name Son Lux, is a post-rock and alternative hip hop musician based in New York City, New York, currently signed with Joyful Noise Recordings.[2][3]


Lott worked full-time in New York City from 2007 until 2012 composing music for commercials. While he mainly concentrates now on his music career, he still continues to compose commercial music for various projects.[4]

Son Lux released his debut album, At War with Walls & Mazes, on Anticon in 2008.[1] Following this release, NPR named Son Lux "Best New Artist" on their program All Songs Considered.[2]

His second album, We Are Rising, was released on Anticon in 2011. It was recorded in 28 days for the RPM Challenge and was described by Consequence of Sound as "the dark, operatic middle ground between Owen Pallett and In Rainbows-era Radiohead or Wild Beasts' fantastic, operatic heights."[5][6]

He is a member of Sisyphus along with Serengeti and Sufjan Stevens. The trio released their debut EP, Beak & Claw, on Anticon in 2012.[7] In addition to working with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti, Son Lux has collaborated with a wide array of notable artists, including indie rock darlings Peter Silberman (The Antlers), These New Puritans, My Brightest Diamond; composers and classical world institutions Nico Muhly, Richard Parry (Arcade Fire), Judd Greenstein, yMusic, ETHEL, and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw; as well as rappers Busdriver and Beans (Antipop Consortium).[citation needed]

Son Lux's production credits include arranging and programming for four major feature films, most notably Looper (2012), for which he developed the orchestrations and instrument design, and the forthcoming The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013).[8]

Recently Son Lux has performed at Carnegie Hall with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, held a weeklong residency at the Joyce Theater with Stephen Petronio Dance Company, performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has shared the stage with Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Kate Davis, and Dose One. He will be collaborating this summer with Serengeti and Sufjan Stevens and world renowned visual artist Jim Hodges for a musical accompaniment to a traveling retrospective of Hodges work debuting at the Walker Museum of Art in February 2014.

Son Lux signed with Joyful Noise Recordings in May 2013, the same month that his "haunting rendition" of Black Water was featured in JNR's flexi-series. Simultaneous with the announcement that he would be joining Joyful Noise, he released the TEAR, a conceptual 7" featuring one new song in two distinct parts. His newest album entitled "Lanterns" was released on October 29, 2013.[9] The lead single "Lost It To Trying" was immediately named one of Pitchfork's Best New Tracks.[10]

In its first week Lanterns entered the charts at number for LP Vinyl sales, and number 6 for new alternative artists.[citation needed]

In 2014, Son Lux released an EP of reimagined songs from Lanterns, including a version of "Easy" with vocals by Lorde. Lorde has also been involved in a number of collaborations.[11][12][13]


  • Weapons (Anticon, 2010)
  • Beak & Claw (Anticon, 2012) (with Serengeti & Sufjan Stevens, as S / S / S)
  • Alternate Worlds (Joyful Noise, 2014)


  1. ^ a b Brown, Marisa. "Son Lux". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ a b "Artist Profile: Son Lux". Son Lux. Joyful Noise Recordings. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Young, Alex (February 27, 2012). "Sufjan Stevens teams up with Son Lux and Serengeti for EP". Consequence of Sound. 
  4. ^ Interview with Son Lux: I'm surprised if people even like my strange kind of music. (Interview). artistxite. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  5. ^ Fitzmauriceon, Larry (March 28, 2011). "New Release: Son Lux: We Are Rising". Pitchfork Media. 
  6. ^ Kivel, Adam. "Album Review: Son Lux - We Are Rising". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  7. ^ Battanon, Carrie (March 20, 2012). "Listen to the Sufjan Stevens/Serengeti/Son Lux Collaborative EP Beak & Claw in Full". Pitchfork Media. 
  8. ^ Hilton, Robin (February 16, 2012). "New Son Lux Instrumentals". NPR. 
  9. ^ "Son Lux Signs with Joyful Noise". Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Greene, Jayson. ""Lost It To Trying"[Best New Track]". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Announcing...Son Lux "Alternate Worlds"". Joyful Noise Recordings. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Martins, Chris (4 March 2014). "Lorde and Son Lux Collaborate on Menacing 'Easy (Switch Screens)'". Spin. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Alternate Worlds – EP". United States: iTunes Store (Apple). Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Son Lux Signs". 
  15. ^ "Son Lux//Black Waters". 

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