Son Lux was in Chicago performing at Pritzker Pavilion as part of their Electric Picnic music series and came by immediately after his concert to play a set at saki. Quite the juxtaposition of venues going from a gigantic modern art bandshell in the heart of Millennium Park to an intimate record store in Logan Square. The differences are actually pretty astounding, where at Pritzker Son Lux had a beautiful black lacquered grand piano, while at saki he had a barely tuned upright. At Pritzker a multimillion dollar speaker and monitor system from brands with names I couldn't even pronounce, while at saki two Yamaha speakers and a single monitor.
Son Lux didn't miss a beat despite the obvious differences in equipment and location; he proceeded to entrance the crowd with his brooding, atmospheric avant-pop compositions. He was joined by accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Rodgers on electric guitar, who deftly kept up with Sun Lux's flows and improvisations. The two performed half a dozen songs, but only one song made the grade due to technical difficulties, which is a risk we take in doing live sessions. Regardless, we're pleased to offer a video and MP3 download for "Betray."
Video Production -- Jason Zenz
Live Sound -- Adam Hirzel
Audio Recording -- Hawon Jung