LIGHTS (yes, that is her actual name), a new, up and coming artist with Synthpop beats and catchy melodies recently released her debut full-length, The Listening. The album is an upbeat, bubbly, and catchy collection of songs that makes you feel, as Lights would say, “apple pie happy.”
The album opens with her single, “Saviour”, a captivating melody that displays LIGHTS’ keytar skill and gentle voice. Although the lyrics are dark and emotional, the lightness of her melody and voice make the song seem optimistic. The quick gasps within the chorus sound as if she is gasping for breath while she is crying, exposing the true sad feelings of the song.
“Drive My Soul” is one of LIGHTS’ slower songs. The lyrics show how we sometimes give everything to someone, so much so that when they leave, we lose ourselves. It is really about relying and putting our heart into someone else so much that we forget who we are without them.
“Drive My Soul” along with “Ice”, “Febuary Air”, and “The Last Thing on My Mind” will all be familiar to Lights fans because they were released on her self titled EP LIGHTS. So fans that enjoyed these four songs will definitely be pleased with The Listening. The album’s title track, “The Listening”, is a passionate song with techno like beats. The lyrics are about high emotions and how they are getting in the way of her expressing what she wants to say. She feels like her emotions are making her seem all over the place, as though she is losing her mind. It’s a very relateble song because most of us have been through those stressful times where our emotions run high and it’s very difficult to focus and get anything accomplished.
The rest of the album continues to mix LIGHTS’ uplifting lyrics about relateble issues with her bright and tranquil voice. The Listening is a truly unique and refreshing addition to any music collection. If you are a fan of LIGHTS, make sure to check her out this fall or on her recently announced tour next year with Owl City!