I’ve been sitting on this album for some time now, and while it’s a little “outdated” for the blog world (released mid-May), Son Lux‘s We Are Rising is perhaps one of the most intelligent, genre-spanning, well-arranged albums I have heard in a very long time. The NYC-based musician hadn’t come out with an album since 2008′s At War With Walls and Mazes, an album that quickly cemented his name into a list of new artists on the block on sites like NPR Music. It took Son Lux about 4 years to write that album, piecing together recordings slowly over time to deliver a very unique and memorable album. This time was a little different: 2011′s We Are Rising was a 28-day challenge by NPR where Son Lux had a month to write and record the album in its entirety, and the result is unreal. Check out the RPM Challenge, as NPR has termed it, and buy the album on Son Lux’s Bandcamp – best $8 I’ve spent this year.