Introducing LIGHTS - Live at The Academy 2 this February

Canadian electro-pop sensation Lights has announced that she will play her first Irish headline date at The Academy 2, Dublin on February 13, 2012. Tickets priced from €15.00 including booking fee are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie.

When electro-rock sensation Lights first hit the music scene in 2008, she was just a songwriter with a synth and a dream. Her name may have been pluralized but Lights Poxleitner was a one-woman show who played and programmed her own instruments and sang her own lyrics.

This admirable self-reliance is rare in pop—in fact, Lights, signed a publishing deal at 16 and began writing songs for other artists—but after her 2008 self-titled debut EP (precocious enough to earn her a best new artist Juno) and gold-selling full-length follow-up The Listening, Lights was ready to open herself up to collaborations on her unexpectedly experimental album Siberia. And by choosing such leftfield collaborators as live electronic outfit Holy F**k and rising rapper Shad, she also opened up her sound.

The genre’s grimy beats and sonic minimalism influenced the creation of Siberia, if not necessarily shaping the music itself (though she does pay homage with a dubstep drop on “Fourth Dimension.”). Rather, dubstep led Lights away from the “perfection” of her past work.

Lyrically, the album is light years from her last, which was written when the singer, who spent much of her childhood travelling to places like the Philippines and Jamaica with her missionary parents, had left the nest and landed in Toronto.

The dividend from her early award-winning success—not to mention her sprawling online footprint which includes over a half-million Facebook fans and over a quarter-million Twitter followers, not to mention a cult fanbase amongst the Comic-Con set—is her current artistic freedom.

Siberia‘s beats skitter and thwack, the retro electronics fire like decomposing lasers and the analog synths dirty up her trademark pretty melodies, propelling Lights’ emotion-soaked but still-cute croon into her sprawling, imperfect new sound.

Call it anti-electro, dream-step or perhaps even grit-pop. Whatevs. Just rest assured that it’s the same bright Lights; she’s just built herself a bigger city.

Please note: This show is an Over 14s event. No alcohol will be served

Tickets for Lights are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie

For more see: www.iamlights.com / www.mcd.ie

January 3, 2012 7:11am ET by MCD   Comments (0)

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