Lights: Siberia

(Lights Music Inc.)

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Thoughtful electro-shimmer emanates from Siberia. Contemplative yet hopeful lyrics decorated with industrial sized beats is the foundation of this tapestry at the hands of Valerie Anne Poxleitner, known as Lights Poxleitner, musically known as Lights. Although her albums are works of electronic wonderment, she is also known for publishing acoustic guitar counterparts of her tracks. Siberia remains atmospheric and airy, saturated with techno-pop while the strong vocals are didactic and innocently cool. “Flux and Flow” begins with a mean guitar bend and stiffened beats over a glorious melody of keys. Her crystallized vocals counterbalance the edgy run of instrumentation making the track a nice alternation between hard and soft, the result is beautifully palpable.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Lights began playing guitar at an early age. Shortly after she emerged into her own as a songwriter. She got her first deal with Sony at the age of 16 and soon thereafter won a new artist Juno award for her 2008 self-titled EP. On “Where the Fence Is Low,” she sings about unsure footing and finding strength in the unknown against clattering percussion and a menacing bass line. Elegant, understatedly arty and edgy, Siberia is an impressively executed album.

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