Son Lux has a kind of creeping magic to his sound. Every track always feels about 2 seconds away from spinning out of control, while in actuality is a precisely planned kind of madness. We raved about his work with Lorde on Easy (Switch Screens) because who doesn’t love a truly maniacal guitar solo that sounds like alien worlds communicating with us through the gaping nothing of space?
Now Son Lux has blessed us with a video for Build A Pyre (Begin Again), the re-imagined version of Pyre from last year’s Lanterns. In the sepia-toned black & white video, a nightmarish sequence unfolds with lots of stigmata, smoke, fire, plants decaying, something that appears to be blood, a few black-cloaked unknowns and a clearly ill woman who is really into the legend of the phoenix rising from its ashes.
Reinvention, re-imagination, and possible reincarnation, seem to be the prevalent themes around the darker imagery of self-immolation. This all works nicely with the fact that Alternate Worlds is a burning down and relighting of four tracks from Lanterns. You can check out the entire Alternate World EP here. We can’t wait to hear what comes out of the studio with this guy next.