Son Lux will release Lanterns, his third full-length, on Joyful Noise Recordings on October 29th, 2013.Lanterns positions Son Lux at the helm of an impressive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers, including Chris Thile (The Punch Brothers), Peter Silberman (The Antlers), DM Stith, Lily & Madeleine, Darren King (Mutemath), Ieva Berberian (Gem Club) and yMusic (Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver).
Meditative but heaving with energy, Lanterns‘ songs weave disparate elements into a new world both strange and welcoming. Contrasts find peculiar congruency; Futuristic soul meets ancient sentiment, apocalyptic roars meet intimate whispers. Violins dance over rumbling surges of electronics, sparks of piccolo cascade over tangling synths and saxophones. But throughout Lanterns, voices rise above the custom-built, hybridized orchestra like an opera from an alternate world. The themes that emerge speak to illumination, memory, and rebirth.
As such, Lanterns sits as comfortably next to the compositions of Stravinsky, John Adams, David Lang and Ben Frost, as it does to those of Jamie Lidell, Björk, Flying Lotus, and Radiohead.
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NPR’s All Songs Considered called Son Lux “Best New Artist” after the release of Son Lux’s 2008 debut recording, At War With Walls and Mazes. In 2011, NPR extensively documented the making of We Are Rising, his second album, which he created in 28 days. W.A.R. received strong reviews from Consequence of Sound, Dusted, All Music, Drowned in Sound and Zen Tapes.
In addition to those who appear on Lanterns, Son Lux has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians, from indie-rock darlings to composers and rappers. These include Nico Muhly, These New Puritans, Richard Parry (Arcade Fire), Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), ETHEL and Busdriver. Son Lux is also one-third of the uncategorizable S/S/S trio, along with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti.
Son Lux composed the score for the forthcoming film Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Working with composer Nathan Johnson, Son Lux contributed heavily to the scores for 2012’s sci-fi hit Looper, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon (in theaters September 27).
Son Lux has performed at Carnegie Hall with the Young People’s Chorus of New York, the Joyce Theater with Stephen Petronio Company, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has shared stage with Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson.