Canadian synth-pop chanteuse LIGHTS has done a lot of growing over the past few years. The Timmins, Ontario-born Valerie Poxleitner catapulted into the spotlight after releasing her self-titled debut EP in 2008, a milestone she quickly followed by releasing her debut full-length, The Listening.
Last month she released her sophomore album, Siberia, to widespread critical acclaim, demonstrating that she was ready to open up to new, developed sounds and textures. Siberia is far grittier than the pitch-perfect pop of LIGHTS’ earlier releases, thanks in no small part to a collaboration with fellow Canucks from electronic sound experimentalist Holy F***.
Fans curious about the origin of LIGHTS’ newfound inspiration should check out her playlist, “Songs I listen to as I drink a little juice and tend to my plants,” as well as a short interview with her, below.
Five Questions with Lights
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
LIGHTS: Canadian rapper, Shad. He's so talented and a genuinely good soul, not to mention brilliant. He deserves so much attention. I featured him on my new record, it was an honour to have him!
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
L: Right at this moment I would put on Feels by Animal Collective. Man, that record is so creative and easy to listen to.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
L: Joshua Tree by U2 is definitely up there. There are pictures of me sitting by/standing beside/sleeping on the vinyl when I was a wee kid. My dad jammed it all the time.
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
L: Inspired and at peace.
- We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
L: Beats, bass, and honesty.