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Ryan Lott — the man behind Son Lux — marries lush orchestral arrangements with glitchy blips and bleeps, making for rich and lovely electro-pop. He created his second album, We Are Rising, in response to NPR’s All Song’s Considered RPM Challenge, a test that asks musicians to put together an entire album in February, the shortest month of the year. He succeeded with the help of members of My Brightest Diamond, The Antlers and Midlake. Here, Lott performs in a more stripped-down, intimate style, spotlighting his quivering, pained vocals and sad, haunting lyrics.

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