Brighter Wounds

Son Lux

Brighter Wounds

Son Lux’s sound is decisively of its time: sleek, cerebral, mixing the stutter and space of hip-hop with the poise of classical music and the passionate anxiety of Radiohead. Their second album as a trio—the project had previously functioned more or less as a solo outlet for frontman/composer Ryan Lott—is, like 2015’s Bones, a felt, densely textured affair. It mixes heavily processed acoustic sounds with pure electronics and Lott’s tremulous, expressive voice, hinting at soul (“Slowly”), breakbeat (“Surrounded”), and operatic anthem (“Resurrection”), pushing the rock-band template to its horizon.

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