RPM Challenge

Day 23: Son Lux Enters Final Week Of Album-In-A-Month Project

NOTE: All this month, we're tracking the artist known as Son Lux (Ryan Lott) as he writes and records an entire album from start to finish. Previous posts: Day One, Day Three, Day Four, Day Eight, Day Ten, Day Fifteen, Day Eighteen.

Son Lux (Ryan Lott) works in his studio.

Son Lux (Ryan Lott) works in his studio. Dusdin Condren/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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There's less than a week to go now, and what used to feel like a party is feeling suddenly very solitary. Lyrics, vocals, drums and bass here and there. Lots of knobs and faders on glowing screens.

But in truth, it's still a group effort. I have friends in four states tracking vocals and instruments as I type this. One of them is DM Stith, whose vocal ability and style is so completely great, it's ridiculous.

DM Stith.

DM Stith. Tom Cops/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Here's a nice long excerpt of a nearly complete song. It's just a rough mix, and let's tentatively call it "We Are the Rising." Stith and I sing together, and almost everyone from yMusic is involved. Listen for the crazy piccolo part, played by Alex Sopp!

Listen to the 'We Are The Rising' by Son Lux

Son Lux (Ryan Lott) in the studio with Alex Sopp (left) of yMusic.

Son Lux (Ryan Lott) in the studio with Alex Sopp (left) of yMusic. Dusdin Condren/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Okay, plenty to do. How's it sound?

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