LIGHTS is a synthpop singer and songwriter from Toronto, Canada. She began writing songs at the age of 11 and was signed at 15. I first became aware of her music after hearing the songs Last Thing on Your Mind and February Air (along with a couple of other songs from her first EP, Lights) on Old Navy commercials in 2008.
In 2009, her first studio album, and my personal favorite, The Listening, was released. That summer, I saw her live at the Vans Warped Tour. I also saw her in 2010, at a concert in which she opened for Owl City. Though her performances were good, I preferred her studio recordings were stronger. At both performances, her soft voice was overpowered by the other instruments being used. I also thought her vocals were generally much stronger in her studio recordings than in her live performances. Her second EP, Acoustic, was released in 2010 and offered a fresh take on several of her existing songs.
LIGHTS has described Björk as her primary influence. She has said that her other influences include Depeche Mode, The Cure, U2, and Skrillex, which can be heard from her music. In her second album, Siberia, she began experimenting with elements of dubstep music. Her latest album, Little Machines, is scheduled to be released on September 19th, and three singles from the album were released over the summer. Many of LIGHTS’ older fans are disappointed by the changes in her sound and style as seen in these singles. I personally don’t like her new sound, but if I had to choose a favorite of the new singles, it would have to be Portal. Portal is the only one of the three of which LIGHTS is the sole writer, and I feel it is the most true to her original sound.