I am just going to go ahead and post another My Brightest Diamond video. This one is also from the show I went to and has a mini interview at the beginning. Be sure to listen to the strings from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in this song…so lovely.
Sorry for taking so long to post about the Son Lux show…I’ve been busy getting ready to go back to school. I am now settled in, so you should hear a bit more from me hopefully. We’ll have to see how my class schedule pans out too…I’m hoping it’s not too crazy.
The Son Lux show began at noon, and as I walked up and looked at the massive stage at Millenium Park, it was a funny sight to see there were just three people on the stage…they didn’t take up much space, but they certainly made up for it in sound. During the show Ryan Lott (Son Lux) played piano, keys, and worked his mac, and was accompanied by Johnny Rodgers on guitar, and Ryan Fitch on the drums.
He started the show with Rebuild, one of my favorite songs from We Are Rising. Since the live instrumentation was sparse and a lot of the sound was created by Ryan’s keyboard or computer (there’s probably more to it than that, but I have no clue how electronic musicians produce the sounds that they do), his whole set was very, very different from the sound on the album. With Rebuild, I would have loved if there were live trumpets up on stage, but the samples sufficed and it’s understandable that he isn’t traveling with a full band since he is a solo artist.
Most of the songs he played were from his new album, but he did play a few songs from the first album and a new song called “Come Away” that had a lot of background vocals and was played primarily on the piano.
Ryan has a classical background and it’s easy to see that as he performs. His electronic music is what got me hooked, but if he ever releases an orchestral album, or an album full of piano pieces, I’m pretty confident it will be phenomenal.
Later that day, my sister and I made our way to Saki Records to see his in-store performance. There were about fifteen or twenty people there so it was really interesting to see a similar show in a very different setting. Actually, I take that back, it was not really similar to the other show at all. Ryan explained to us how in his live shows, he doesn’t aim to replicate the sounds on the record, but tries to improvise and create something a little different. This time around it was just he and Johnny, and as Ryan jumped around on the out of tune piano and experimented and played with his songs, he asked Johnny to follow as best as he could. I loved how organic it was- it was almost like I was watching a really, really, really good jam session between two friends.
In the last song or two Ryan kept things simple and played piano…it was raw, graceful, and just plain beautiful. It’s so evident Ryan is passionate and in love with what he does, I’m very glad I was able to see it twice in one day.
Setlist from Millenium Park:
All The Right Things
Leave The Riches
During the Saki Records show, Epitonic, a Chicago based music site videotaped it as a part of their sessions collaboration with Saki. I am not sure when it will be posted, but keep an eye out, I will definitely be posting it here once it is released. It’ll be a gem. Also, if you are into vinyl, or even if you’re not, and you want to buy We Are Rising, you should consider buying the record instead of just downloading it or buying the CD. The artwork by The Made Shop is beautiful and the actual record is a light blue color that is just pretty awesome. Plus it comes with an mp3 download, so you really cannot go wrong.
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