“If you would have told me this was going to happen, I would have thrown my f*cking headband at you.” Lights said to a sold out crowd in the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. The recently released acoustic album, Midnight Machines is not the first venture into the rework of songs of previously released Lights material. There were the Acoustic and Siberia EPs, both released in 2010 and 2013, respectively. It’s something when another artist can remix your songs, but it’s another feat when you can re-image your own to capture another side of the music. Midnight Machines not only succeeds in invoking a different emotion out of 2014’s Light Machines, it shows why fans are devoted to Lights in the first place. She always seems to push her creativity to the maximum with great results.
This was the first time I went into the Marlin Room and there were actual seats. Everything was a bit more tranquil as the setting. With faint lighting at times, all we were missing was candlelight. It was a night that you would want to take your significant other to. Previously, I had went to the Midmight Machines tour date at Irving Plaza date last year. That was a little bit more upbeat, but this specific night was set up to hang on every lyric in a different way. There are opening acts that you hear that make you immediately want to find out everything about them as soon as the show is done. New York’s own Lolo, was one of those artists for me. If you haven’t check out here Comeback Queen EP, now would be the time. To say there were powerful vocals would be an understatement. Songs like “Golden Year” and “Not Going To Let You Walk Away” helped to demonstrate her whole vocal range.
Before the small orchestral arrangement joined her onstage, Lights performed “River” off of her first acoustic EP from 2010 alone. This set the tone for the beauty that would occur throughout the 18 song set. Chalk it up to my affection for MTV Unplugged, but I like to see artists fully immersed in their musicianship. Where songs like “Same Sea” and “Running With The Boys” are light and sunny in their first incarnation, acoustically, they provoke a different psyche. The orchestra and stripped down arrangements not only showcased the beauty in Lights’ voice, but how emotionally in-depth the songs really are
There were the occasional funny outbursts where a fan recalls the “Damn, Daniel” meme referencing Lights’ white vans. With each and every Lights show, you can see growth not only with her fans who are growing with every release, but with Lights herself. This tour was just another feather in the cap of her ever evolving and creative career that will sure to have steady devotion with how long the music keeps coming.