467. The Listening – Lights

THE LISTENING (2009)

Lights

23 year old Canadian singer-songwriter Valerie Anne Poxleitner goes by the name Lights and her music is just that; bright, illuminating and driven by electricity. Synthpop with a European flair, like if Bjork ever discovered a melody, Lights is the female equivalent of Owl City. Programmed rhythms and beats with lush melodic keyboards and strings layered over and over in textures with a pretty, light, nearly adolescent (think Julie Millerish) sounding voice.

At the heart of all the electronica, though, is a wonderful young songwriter that can turn a phrase and twist a melody into a beautifully orchestrated 3 minute pop tune. She’s not afraid to appeal to ABBA for inspiration either as many of the melodies have a creamy pop/dance feel that hearkens back to the Swedish supergroup, especially on the title track.

But one can also hear the musical influences that she was exposed to as a child of missionaries in Jamaica and the Philippines. She began writing songs at the age of 11 and listening to her lyrics reveal a child-like wonder of the world around her. There are too many great songs here to only highlight a few but special consideration should be given to the lead track, Saviour, which is simply great songwriting at work in the simplicity of actual faith

I just wanna run to you,
And break off the chains, and throw them away
I just wanna be so much,
And shake off the dust that turned me to rust
Sooner than later, I’ll need a saviour

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