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The Lights

Gig + Single Review
Cobden Club, 19 October, 2005
Single: No Condition, out

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Oh, Soft Respite
The Lights bright forth a well-needed revival in sweet melodies...

The LightsSweet, honeyed singing in an otherworldly haze - on stage The Lights appear to have all the trappings of other indie rock acts that I've seen before. Unlike some girl-guy headed bands (Rilo Kiley comes foremost to mind), during performance The Lights don't commit as completely to a credo that would render itself to be outstanding.

The music was good, the singing was charming, and Imogen Andrews spotlighted as a one-woman performer is bewitchingly sultry and impish. The songs, however, never pull themselves up from the depths of dreamy synth-pop into a revving act. There's a lack of passion in the performance although all the songs are unquestionably pretty. Dreamy pop music is a wonderful thing, but at a gig, one expects a little bit more emotional involvement. Of course, the gig I attended was held at a smallish venue and most of the people there were more focused on their conversations than the band themselves; understandably, it wasn't as good as it could've been.

On the stereo, however, No Conditions, The Lights' first single, plays gorgeously - their lazy intervals, electric notes, and gentle crooning is a stand out from the visceral guitars popular today (at a time where radio airplay broadcasts mainly fast tracks emphasizing furious determinism, once original rock rhythms from Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park, and Kaiser Chiefs are on the cusp of sounding dangerously similar). The Lights' sweet electronic sound appears on the music scene at a fortuitous moment when people are starting to lean towards more beautiful melodies offered by bands like Bloc Party and now The Lights. It becomes an attitude emphasizing the wistfulness of an adult looking with coloured lens upon the happy days of childhood rather than the nervous mania of love lost.

Combining regret, hopelessness and mild accusation The Lights' fuses negativity with an air of dreamy disinterest, casting life in all its glaring harshness beautifully subdued light.

Jackie Jou

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