Son Lux is the stage name of singer and instrumentalist Ryan Lott. He makes music that is expansive, thought provoking, and ultimately, incredibly powerful. He plays around with the concept of sound, meaning that he uses bits and pieces of things that normally don’t go together (opera choirs, metallic synth beats, tribal inspired drums, playful orchestral melodies), but then finds a perfect medium to place them all in. Needless to say, it works. His voice is sharp, flinty, and normally in the falsetto range, which is perfect as an overlay to his music. In this track titled “Alternate World,” all these different effects come into play, and the result is a magnificent, ambient, yet slightly depressing song that highlights the painful aftertaste of a lost love. The piercing chimes peppered throughout the song is a sharp reminder of the bitter effect that love brings, but then Ryan Lott’s voice and the violin strums remind us of why we just can’t seem to stay away. “Alternate World” is from Son Lux’s third studio album Lanterns, which was released last year.