SON LUX share new video staring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black, Stronger) & Tom Cullen (Black Mirror, Downton Abbey)- New album out now on City Slang

February 27, 2018


– Share All Directions video 
Starring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) & Tom Cullen (Black Mirror, Downton Abbey), with cinematography by Steve Yedlin (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
– New album ‘Brighter Wounds’ out now on City Slang


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 BlackStronger) and actor Tom Cullen (Black MirrorDownton 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’.


Drawn to the song’s “pathos of horror and hope simultaneously bubbling under the surface,” Johnson explains, “I began to see images — a curtain blowing in the wind, the early hope and confused despair of a close relationship, a mountain trail, an axe…and eventually, fragments of old Biblical stories that live on the edges of our collective consciousness. These stories tend to be elemental; disturbingly dark. God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son, only to stop him at the last moment. We see cycles of violence, sins of the fathers passed down through generations. All of this started to coalesce with the themes of the record, and, to a greater degree, with the recent landscape of our country.” 

Johnson continues, “It’s been incredibly disheartening to watch the self-proclaimed bannermen of righteousness tripping over themselves to excuse egregious violations of morality in the name of a religious endgame. This is one of the potential dangers of any ideology: if we have an unshakable certainty that our end justifies any means, we open a door in ourselves to shocking cruelty and degradation. Of course this isn’t new: there are countless examples in history of zealous men who believed they were carrying out the will of God to inflict violence on others. But in thinking we’re hearing from God, we may in fact be breaking with reality. In making this video, we wanted to explore a simple question. Is it possible for a father’s core humanity to fracture his constructed certainty? In a history of violence, might there be a break in the cycle? Instead of a wound of aggression, a wound of sacrifice. A Brighter Wound.”

The follow-up to 2015’s exultant and explosive LP ‘Bones’, ‘Brighter Wounds’ finds Son Lux transformed all over again. 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 and lost a family member 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 was born shortly after Election Day 2016. 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.

‘Brighter Wounds’ is available here:

Praise for ‘Brighter Wounds’:
​”​…the project has expanded substantially, bringing on new members (guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang) and turning its already-widescreen sound into something completely enveloping.” 
– Rolling Stone, Critic’s Pick
“​Music like this opens windows and doors, letting in the fresh airs of possibility of what can come from whipping the backside of imagination and watching it run free.​”​ – Under the Radar
“…a kaleidoscopic record ruminating on loss, memory, time, and rebirth, with nods to spiraling chamber pop (“All Directions”), skittering electro (“Surrounded”), fractured R&B (“Slowly”), and theatrical synth-rock (“Forty Screams”).” – The AV Club, B+
“…spellbinding, strange, and moving, and still as far away from expectations for a piano, guitar, and drums trio as any in existence.” – All Music, 4/5
“Plenty to be impressed by” – Q
“An album that offers strong melodies in tandem with forward thinking production and orchestration.” – Electronic Sound
“An immediately vibrant next-step… Dazzles the senses from start to finish.” – Gold Flake Paint
“Complex slowburning dream-pop with matching tremulous vocals.” – MOJO, 4/5
“Grand and sparkling.” – The Line of Best Fit

Son Lux 2018 Tour Dates:
02/26 – Munich, DE – Ampere^ (SOLD OUT)
02/27 – Warsaw, PL – Progresja^ (SOLD OUT)
02/28 – Prague, CZ – MeetFactory^ (SOLD OUT)
03/01 – Vienna, AT – Arena Wien^
03/02 – Budapest, HU – Dürer Kert^ (SOLD OUT)
03/03 – Istanbul, TR – Salon (SOLD OUT)
03/07 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room*
03/08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater*
03/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
03/12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
03/13 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
03/14 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
03/21 – Washington, DC – Black Cat**
03/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel**
03/23 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore**
03/24 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair**
03/26 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount**
03/28 – Toronto, ON – The Great Hall**
03/29 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall**
05/14 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West#
05/15 – New Orleans, LA – Republic#
05/17 – Dallas, TX – Trees#
05/18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger#
05/19 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk#
05/21 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf#
05/22 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater#
05/23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall#
05/25 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom#
05/26 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern#
^ supported by Hanna Benn
* supported by Gordi & WILLS
** supported by Sinkane & Hanna Benn
# co-headline with Kimbra

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