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Son Lux

At War With Walls and Mazes

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Son Lux, the latest addition to the Anticon family, is Ryan Lott, a 29-year-old Cleveland native with a degree in music composition from Indian University. His music is hard to define; it definitely shows off his classical training, but also includes strong electronic influences. Piano is the main unifying instrument, but this is not piano-driven indie-rock by any means, it is far more complex than that. Surprisingly un-ironic saxophone, harmonica, and everything from strange chirping noises to opera make an appearance on this record. The piano is often traded in for synthesizers and other computer-generated sounds which create a rich orchestral-electronic sound. Rhythm is also a strong component, and most songs have very prominent drums, which at times are more than a little reminiscent of label-mate Dosh’s work.

If you are a fan of the layered sound of Menomena and/or the beautiful and inventive melodies of Andrew Bird, Son Lux will be right up your alley.

Kayla Morrison is assistant alternative director at KUPS 90.1 FM The Sound.

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