On his third album as Son Lux, producer Ryan Lott returns with Lanterns, an intricately assembled album of delicate harmonies and solidly crafted beats that sits at the intersection of bedroom pop and left-field production. Where his last album, the quickly written and recorded We Are Rising, was an exercise in gut instincts and intuitive songwriting, Lanterns feels more carefully laid out without feeling overthought. With its dense layering, the album always feels like it's in motion, constantly shifting and changing in a way that makes its deliberate construction feel like nothing short of a miracle as the album effortlessly drifts along. While the creative process might be something that's constantly changing for Lott and Son Lux, the one thing that's remained consistent is the level of quality, making Lanterns an album that easily lives up to, and even exceeds, any expectations fans would have for the project.
AllMusic Review by Gregory Heaney