Free Music Download - Son Lux "Remedy"
Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:14:38
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Son Lux are following up their 2016 EP Stranger Forms with this free download of four new tracks under the name Remedy.
The trio of Ryan Lott, Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia return with what they're describing as a ferocious and yet reflective response to an "ever-encroaching reality of social and political upheaval."
The sounds across these four tracks will come as no surprise to followers of the band, whose debut album won them high praise from the likes of NPR, who voted them "Best New Band" in 2008. Vocal innovations, almost operatic in scope, deliver wave after wave of sonic play, whilst lyrically things get testy and, well, defiant. Thematically the collection explores what it means to be alive and feeling the compulsion to create, to live and to resist in America today. Born the week of the 2016 presidential election, these tracks speak to the urgency that those in minorities may feel, and address the enemy of fear directly. "How does it feel, to be your own deceiver" is a line that Lott aims directly into your ear in a whisper — instruments gather around him like a storm before he delivers, "I watch you fall, hollow and depleted. A city razed/raised, to bury you beneath it."
So, passions are strong, but this thing is highly listenable, and not as fractured or brittle as many protest songs can sound. The adage of 'power in numbers' rings true on the EP's closing track — the titular "Remedy" which commences with an odd, dislocated pulsing distortion before a tune emerges — then a single voice breaks in with the lyric "to form a melody", children; daughters and sons are referenced before a 300-person strong choir swells beneath to sail above and create something quite spectacular. This tune alone is worth checking out and acts as a useful point of entrance for anyone unfamiliar with the music of the experimental, yet somehow familiar sounds of the band. Chanting "to find a melody" at the close of an EP, Remedy really displays the urgency felt by many to find peace and meaning amidst the chaos and vitriol that at times surrounds us.
The Remedy EP is available as a free download from Noisetrade, but there's also an offer of leaving a 'tip' for the band. With all proceeds of their tip jar being donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of American society you may want to download a copy for a friend and then tip as you take a download for yourself.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff