Electro-pop vixen and recent mother Lights, born Valerie Anne Poxleitner, has made quite a name for herself with her 2011 breakthrough sophomore full-length, ‘Siberia’. Hoping to continue this upward climb through the music industry, Lights has now come forth with album number three, ‘Little Machines’, which keeps the powerful pop choruses but adds some depth and meaning through the lyrics, making for a much more mature record.
Opening number, ‘Portal’, sees Lights at perhaps her most conservative with an almost a capella performance and a calming, atmospheric echo to the vocals. Subsequent track, ‘Running With The Boys’, sees her return to the infectious and huge choruses she is known and loved for, similar to later track ‘Muscle Memory’, which can be found rattling around your head for days after you first hear it.
One album highlight comes in the form of first single, ‘Up We Go’, with a positive, uplifting message being delivered by an impressively powerful vocal performance. An interesting direction for Lights to take is demonstrated through both ‘Oil & Water’ and the album’s final track ‘Don’t Go Home Without Me’, where the gentle vocals float delicately over a calm, melodic background. These tracks really show how much Lights has grown over her career, and can translate this maturity into top quality songs.
‘Little Machines’ is a fantastic album, keeping the best aspects of her earlier work that made so many fall in love with her, but adding some depth and sophistication to her music has worked wonders. This record could really distinguish Lights in the music scene which she thoroughly deserves.
Written by Jonathon Barlow (@Narlow1)