Following last week’s sold out show at London’s Scala, Son Lux - the LA & NY-based band of Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia and Ian Chang - today share the stunning music video for “All
Directions” from their new album ‘Brighter Wounds’ (out now on City Slang).
The video stars Emmy Award-winning actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Stronger) and actor Tom Cullen (Black Mirror, Downton Abbey), with cinematography by Steve Yedlin (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). It was directed by frequent collaborator Nathan Johnson, and produced by Made Shop in conjunction with RocketJump. Johnson, a film composer (Looper, Brick), visual artist, and director (Lucius), previously collaborated with Son Luxand Maslany on the video for “You Don’t Know Me,” off the band’s 2015 LP ‘Bones’.
The surreal and cryptic “All Directions” video draws on mythological and religious themes to present a modern-day tragedy of psychosis, incorporating the visual motif of severed hands used throughout the artwork and roll-out ofBrighter Wounds, as well as its predecessor EP, 2017’s ‘Remedy’.
With their new album 'Brighter Wounds' set for release in a month’s time (February 9th on City Slang), SON LUXhave shared a second track from the record and accompanying
Speaking on the track, “Slowly,” Son Lux’s Ryan Lott comments: “A lie is a drug. It treads the line between poison and medicine. "Slowly" deals with the ability of untruth to evolve into reality, and then function as a drug. But can a lie be a salve? Must we always bear the burden of believing what is real?”
Director Alex Cook’s video for “Slowly” follows two caretakers as they sacrificially tend to a small group of patients. “The idea for the video was born from the track's unnerving beat and deceptive undertones” he says. “The story takes place in an alternate, dystopian time in which people transfer their negative memories to one another through a mysterious machine.”
See below for a further track and details of Brighter Wounds
The first single from Son Lux's upcoming album gets a beautiful rework.
Son Lux join the City Slang fold for their new album, ‘Brighter Wounds’, confirmed for February 9threlease. The announcement comes with a first track from the album and accompanying
lyric video, "Dream State"as well as news of a February European tour.
‘Brighter Wounds’ finds Son Lux transformed all over again. Last time around, on 2015's exultant and explosive ‘Bones’, Ryan Lott's genre-defying solo project became a bonafide band, igniting his volatile mix of electronic pop, unusual soul and outright experimentalism. This fifth album marks another fundamental shift as Lott leaves universal themes behind to write from a personal perspective. While making these songs, he became a father to a baby boy and lost a best friend to cancer. Days of "firsts" were also days of "lasts," and the normal fears of first-time parenthood were compounded by a frightening new reality—Lott's son arrived shortly after Election Day. These songs draw on all of that: warm reflections of a fading past, the pain of still-present loss, and a mix of anxiety and hope for a future promised to none. Fittingly, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang help deliver Son Lux's most dynamic, inviting album yet.
The anthemic roar of first cut "Dream State” provides instant uplift. A triumphant shout blasts through a cloud of synths, plus woodwinds and brass from the yMusic crew (who appear throughout 'Brighter Wounds'), amidst the song's ideal vision of youth—"Invincible skin, it's how we all begin". The track is accompanied with a lyric video by Son Lux's now long-time collaborators, The Made Shop.
If Son Lux’s previous album ‘Bones’ provided a skeleton, then ‘Brighter Wounds’ has imbued it with blood and breath. It will be available on February 9th via City Slang and is available to pre-order here:
Son Lux have also announced a date for London’s Scala - tickets available below