Not your average music review.
My first introduction to American, post-rock, electronica/ experimental trio, Son Lux was this track ‘Easy’.
My brain exploded with a rush of endorphins. Its sexy, funky, 100% Son Lux style & has to be watched live or watch the live version.
I didn’t hear much about them again until 2018 when Son lux dropped this track ‘dream state ( Brighter wounds album, 2018). This was the second time that I heard their music & (once again) I stopped everything I was doing, went back to listen to it over & over.
It has so much emotion on an operatic level| & the soundscape is dramatic, epic &intense. It releases a force of emotion that makes the hairs stand up on the end of my arms.
I was also drawn to the lyrics. I didn’t know what the word impervious meant until I heard this song.
I think there are many times in my life when I’ve wanted to be impervious to situations I don’t want to face, people I don’t want to love or care about (only because to love & care means me having to fight another day, not just for them but for myself).
Then there are the times I want to be impervious to Life & peoples bullshit. That is a mantra I’m going to start using,
‘I’m Impervious to life’s bullshit and traditional fairytales’
I think when we lose our ability to care or love then hope is narrowed down to that dark abyss. An abyss is a place for researchers of other intelligent life (in my humble opinion).
The increasing pressure to seek that little light can be a place of entanglement. What I love about Son Lux’s music is that it takes me to nebulous places, but ones where I remember where I hid the match or lighter to find my way back (through the music) to a state of exhilaration/ redemption or just a more positive mind frame. I find most of their songs cathartic.
Back to ‘dream state’ (title & lyrics = Match made in Elysium).
The lyrics & how they are performed have that narcotic inducing effect.
I wrote a surreal piece of fiction when I listened to this song. I’m not ready to share it.
I was also grieving the end of my marriage & I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of our wedding pictures.
I often look back at pictures of happy & painful moments.
This line from the lyrics
We took photographs of everything we could feel –
reinforced how dwelling on nostalgia can keep a person stuck – not able to move forwards.
I wondered how I could go from being so in love with nearly destroying my marriage. I speak of where I went wrong. I put my photos away & vowed to move forward. I wanted to be impervious to feeling guilt, shame, melancholy, love, rage- the plethora of what we understand as emotions.
It’s impossible for me to remain impervious to people and subjects I’m 100% straight-up passionate about.
Another great song of theirs is the Alternate world
It has that same ethereal, Gotye esque (‘Somebody I used to know’ featuring Kimbra) sound to it. But better.
Son Lux’s melody, harmony& lyrical content is the G.reatest