Written by: Jenny Barton
Lights (born Valerie Poxleitner), the eclectic synth-pop Canadian songstress released her sophomore album, Siberia on October 4, 2011. After writing a phenomenal debut album (The Listening) that gained Lights a Juno as well as making just a girl and her synth an iconic, household name…it was time for her to take her music to new heights. The creation of a grittier, dirtier feel to her electric-pop sound is exactly what she accomplished in Siberia with help from collaborators Graham Walsh & Brian Borcherdt (from Holy Fuck) and Canadian rapper, Shad. Siberia is co-produced by Lights and Thomas “Tawgs” Salter and is released under Universal Music Canada and Lights Music.
The Listening is well-known to have been perfected and carefully timed. The evolution in Siberia is the feeling of freedom, it is raw and even though the songstress keeps the lyrics in the ‘pop’ genre, she recorded a lot of the album live, showing a clear ‘release’ in her music style. The first song “Everybody Breaks a Glass” almost announces her staining and “dirtying’ up of the perfection she had in her first album.
My personal favourite song on the album is “Flux and Flow”, I feel you can really get the dub-step influence in the song and all in all it is just a feel-good, make you want to move in a relaxed way-kind of song.
Lights is Toronto’s newest treasure, and I can’t wait to see how her second album is experienced and acclaimed by her fans. To check out Lights and see when she will be going for her Fall 2011 tour, check out her website.