“Evil settles into everyday life when people are unable or unwilling to recognize it. It makes its home among us when we are keen to minimize it or describe it as something else.” —Teju Cole, A Time for Refusal
Reemerging in 2017 with four new tracks, Son Lux’s new EP Remedy– out May 12th – is the ferocious trio’s response to an ever-encroaching reality of social and political upheaval. Reflective but defiant, Ryan Lott, Ian Chang, and Rafiq Bhatia synthesize their signature unpredictable experimentation into an explosive examination of what it means to live, to create, and to resist in America today. These songs were born the week of the 2016 election, and they capture a band both mournful and refusing to accept the new normal. “How does it feel, to be your own deceiver,” Lott whispers in our ears, just ahead of the steady approach of swarming, mechanized woodwinds and rising torrents of noise. “I watch you fall, hollow and depleted. A city razed/raised, to bury you beneath it.”
The EP’s final statement is a plea, sung in unison with a crowd-sourced choir of more than 300 people. “Find your voice, in the sea of surging bodies and breath, to form a melody, to find a remedy.”
In that spirit, Son Lux will donate all proceeds of the sales of Remedy to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of American society. In addition, the proceeds of two earlier Son Lux releases ‘At War With Walls and Mazes’ and ‘We Are Rising Remixed’ will go to the ACLU, and ArtMix (an organization that benefits disability and the arts), respectively.