Tuesday, August 12, 2008

so let the son shine in, face it with a grin...

so it was brought to my attention that i haven't written anything for a while and and because of that, i wondered why not. surely there had to be something interesting in the last few weeks that i've stumbled across that was worth sharing with the world. low and behold...son lux.

aka ryan lott, son lux is a relatively new sign to anticon. he fits in quite well with the odd not quite "backpack friendly" style of hip hop this label has gotten an unfair reputation for. i won't get into my opinions of the label and where it's genres lie because son lux doesn't really fit in to the roster properly. there are off kilter beats and production effect heavy tracks galore but ryan's almost pained whispering vocals really seem to set this record apart.

son lux has the kind of c.v. that you'd expect from someone obsessed with art. he collaborates constantly and keeps an open mind about the nature of art and relationship with sound (two separate field in some people's eyes). none of that really matters to most people i would imagine. the important bit is what does it sound like? you can find out for yourself by going here .

there are a lot of things going on in this album but that's not really what makes me like it so much. i couldn't really put into words how i feel listening to it but it's kind of like taking a walk down the ole memory lane only to find that it's been graffitied and smells like piss now. there's a sick sweetness to this album that makes you want to smile and cry at the same time and i blame most of it on ryan's vocals. there aren't many lyrics to some of the pieces and they tend to repeat to really drive home the point. loss, betrayal and pain keep falling in and out of the spotlight and somehow it's just too damn pretty to feel like a bad thing.

perhaps this falls in the category of "break up" music. maybe it's something to listen to when you just want to wind down after a shit day in the salt mines. maybe you just like beating yourself up and enjoy wallowing in the sad, whatever your poison, it's worth having a listen if you find yourself drawn to ethereal music with a splash of percussion thrown into the mix.

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