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Son Lux unleash an "open letter" to the world's oppressors, "You Don't Know Me"

28 May 2015, 13:39 | Written by Laurence Day

In "You Don't Know Me", Son Lux have veered away from their standard styles by entering a world of post-industrial danger and confrontational fightronica.

It's the latest teaser of upcoming record Bones, which is set for release this summer.

The band's guitarist Rafiq Bhatia said of the cut:

"Created in the midst of multiple ongoing struggles for civil rights both in the U.S. and around the world, 'You Don't Know Me' calls out the appropriators of dogma. It's an open letter to anyone who misuses political and religious philosophies to subjugate and oppress their sisters and brothers.

"This track is also a great illustration of the ephemeral collaborative process that birthed this LP. Ryan had bronchitis when he recorded the vocals, which were originally meant to be a placeholder take, but we had to keep them because their rawness serves the song. The drums uncannily mimic Ian's playing, but were programmed by Ryan. The bassline that anchors the outro came from a single take of me improvising on octave-dropped guitar. We had Moses Sumney stack a million layers of vocals mimicking a part created on a japanese flute synth patch. Hanna Benn arranged and sang the outro choir parts after a phone call touching on Bach chorales and Mariah Carey. And, once we heard the new D'Angelo record, we realized that the track wouldn't be complete without electric bass from Jack Hill."

Bones is out 22 July on Glassnote.

Stream "You Don't Know Me" below. The band's upcoming festival and headline shows across Europe can be found after.


8 - London UK, Visions Festival @ Oval Space
7 - 9 - Katowice PL, OFF Festival
20-23 - Charleville Mezieres FR, Cabaret Vert Festival
21-23 - Hamburg DE, Dockville Festival
20-22 - Hasselt BE, Pukkelpop
20-23 - Brecon Beacons UK, Green Man Festival
20-30 - Groningen NL, Noorderzon Festival
28-30 - Paris FR, Rock en Seine Festival


19 - Brussels @ AB
21 - London @ Village Underground
26 - Amsterdam @ Bitterzoet
28 - Berlin @ Bi Nuu

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