Okay, I’m listening to it now. I’m going to live-comment.
Track 1 - Portal
She mentioned it was one chord throughout which I think is kind of insane. I’ve already heard this one (and watched the music video). I think it’s beautiful. I love how the music sort of swells toward the end as if preparing for something intense, and then it just goes back to its steady melody. The lyrics are poetic. So beautiful. “Imagining sequences, playing back visions by// stereo air and fragmenting emissions// I’ve lost and found it.// The loneliest thing in the shape of a fist// That I wish I could bring in this bitter abyss.”
Track 2 - Running With The Boys
Oh, I’ve heard this one too! A nostalgic number. It reminds me, lyrically, of ‘Pretend’ from her first album. But like a matured version? Reminiscing childhood but with less longing. I love the sounds she’s experimenting with on this album. It’s like electronica meets indie rock. I dig it so much. It’s different. And that little bit at the end of the chorus, “Just like the old times (Aah-aah-aah-aah)” is so sweet sounding. It makes me happy ;-;
Track 3 - Up We Go
I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH. And the video makes me so happy. You guys should watch it. The entire thing was one take and all this insane stuff is going on in the background. It’s brilliantly choreographed. This song is hella catchy, man. There’s such optimism and positivity in this. It’s the entire reason I fell in love with LIGHTS in the first place. Perfect first single. I also love the riff that weaves in through the verses and bridge. “It’s only up we go! UP WE GO!” Ahh, so catchy.
Track 4 - Same Sea
Ahh, a love song! That electro riff transitioning the chorus back to the verse is so great. It makes me want to jump around. This song is upbeat, but it still has those really gentle chords that ground it? Not sure how I’m explaining that. Oh, I cannot wait to play this song in the car while I’m driving. haha. “They’ll carry us with them to the arms of the same sea” STOP. THAT’S SO CUTE.
Track 5 - Speeding
I heard she wrote this one after getting a speeding ticket or something? haha. This is so energetic. I’m just enjoying the sound of it. “Sleep is for the weary. I’m not slowing down.” That sounds so badass. War-like. haa.
Track 6 - Muscle Memory
There’s something inexplicable I like about this song. Which may just be one of my favorite things to love about a song. haha. Its lyrics just feel very warm. Something I want to be able to experience with someone. It’s beautiful in its simplicity. Melodically, it’s just got this really infectious cadence.
Track 7 - Oil and Water
There’s something kind of haunting in the verse melody. The rhyme pattern is like an up-down sort of movement, if that makes sense. These songs all feel very rich to me. Like there’s something in them that hadn’t been there before. I really love the feel of it. There’s maturity in the lyrics and music and emotion. It’s a really great message, too. The whole idea of knowing when something isn’t meant to be, and letting it go despite how painful that might be.
Track 8 - Slow Down
This reminds me vaguely of something by Blue Foundation. Actually, you know what? This album gives me a slight Blue Foundation feel. It’s reminiscent. If Blue Foundation were electronic pop. Upbeat, catchy chorus. I’m bobbing my head to this. haha.
Track 9 - Meteorites
Is it like a reprise of Up We Go? It sounds very similar. Too similar. On its own, it’s spectacular. I love how it sounds. Like something I’d want to blast while driving through downtown Miami at night. I don’t think it’s a reprise but I could be wrong? I’m just not crazy about how similar the two sound. I love this song and I love Up We Go.
Track 10 - How We Do It
This part makes me feel something very strong and I don’t know why. “It doesn’t go out in a blaze of glory. It all about how you ended up where. Maybe we live just to tell our story. And how to get there.” Maybe it’s my love for stories and personal journeys. But it’s true. The best part of living is the buildup. The journey. Love you so much, Lights ;-;
Track 11 - Don’t Go Home Without Me
AW. IS THIS A SONG ABOUT HER HUSBAND? This is beautiful. I want to dedicate this song to someone. Is it bad that I hear this song and think of Heronstairs? Oh my god. It’s so Heronstairs to me. “In a world that you’re not near don’t go home without me.” It reminds me of that “I’ll meet you on the other side of the river” thing. AUGHH.
NOOO. THE ALBUM IS OVER. 11 TRACKS IS NOT ENOUGH. LIGHTSSSSS, GIVE US THE REJECTED SONGS OR SOMETHING. I WANT MORE.
I knew this album wouldn’t disappoint me just because Lights could probably sing a chapter of my least favorite book and I’d still love it just because Lights makes me happy. LIGHTS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. This is what music is supposed to do, man. Sometimes it should make you want to cry and bleed and wallow in despair, but SOMETIMES IT SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE LIVING ON A CANDY CLOUD AND EVERYTHING IS SWELL IN THE WORLD.
I saw Lights in concert two years ago and it’s still one of the best things I’ve ever seen. I cried the moment she came out. She just fills me with so much joy. It makes all the shitty stuff in my life dissolve outside this beautiful world that is her music. I love it.
I can’t say I love it more or less than Siberia or her self-titled. It’s different. She’s growing as an artist, trying out new things. But her music still has that optimism that made me love her. LIGHTS, YOU ARE A SUPERHERO AND A ROCKSTAR AND EVERYTHING IN THIS ENTIRE WORLD. I cannot wait to own this, okay. And I cannot wait until I can see her again in concert ;-;