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Techno singer brings innovative style to music

Reem Azem

Issue date: 10/10/08 Section: Focus
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There are certain songs that get stuck in our heads regardless of whether we want them there or not. No one can deny the fact that they have at some point, found themselves humming an old Destiny's Child song or some form of nameless nineties music under their breath. Musical talent aside, Lights' self-titled EP contains enough of these catchy songs to go around. And they certainly have. Her music has been featured in the Spring 2008 Old Navy Commercials, which has contributed to her solid fan base.
Lights' music can be pinned, for lack of a specific genre, as techno-infused pop. Sometimes her music is listed under indie pop, but not convincingly. Though overly synthetic and often repetitive, the Canadian artist's songs are her own original creations. Most of her music is self-synthesized on her computer and she spends a great deal of her time writing songs. Warning: her bubbly, overly uplifting lyrics tend to conjure an alternate reality where everyone is on Prozac. Several of her songs such as "Drive My Soul" and "I Owe You One" are tributes to her inspiration(s). When she's not thanking her muses, she takes her turn motivating listeners on tracks such as "The Last Thing On Your Mind" and "I Owe You One." Her voice is sweet and bubbly, reminiscent of Cindy Lauper's vocals on "Girls Just Wanna have Fun." However, her voice might sound even better if it wasn't drowned in electronics.
Along with Lights' CD came a promotional comic, "The Story So Far…Lights," written and illustrated by Lights herself. Created with a feminine sci-fi vibe, it's clear that the story parallels Lights' life and relationship with music. Readers will discover that despite her nomadic lifestyle, Lights has always considered music her unfailing constant. She has experimented with several genres and has finally found her place in the "musical-universe." The illustrations are undoubtedly characteristic of her persona with all the neon colors, stars and hearts (there's even a unicorn and green elephant). Her clothes are vibrant and she has a very eclectic sense of style, crossing the line between pop princess and hippie. It's hard to ignore her sweet, endearing impression. Throughout her comic, she openly expresses her gratitude towards her musical team and growing success (she does indeed have many devout fans).
If you are a fan of pure pop music guaranteed to make you dance (possibly until you get a migraine), then Light's new EP is a worth every penny…or second spent downloading. In her comic, Lights writes, "…my work will never end and I still have a long way to go." This is true of most emerging artists, but with her drive, it's likely we'll see a lot more of Lights in the future.
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