Siberia

Siberia

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by Lights
     
 

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Lights' 2011 sophomore effort Siberia is a much heavier sounding affair than her gentle, 2009 full-length The Listening. There she delivered a batch of Cyndi Lauper-meets-Postal Service-meets-Daft Punk dorm room anthems that were pleasantly catchy. Two years later,

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Lights' 2011 sophomore effort Siberia is a much heavier sounding affair than her gentle, 2009 full-length The Listening. There she delivered a batch of Cyndi Lauper-meets-Postal Service-meets-Daft Punk dorm room anthems that were pleasantly catchy. Two years later, Siberia showcases singer/songwriter Valerie Poxleitner's more mature, sonically sophisticated approach to her synth-driven melodic pop that draws on such dance-sympathetic styles as dubstep, hip-hop, and electronica. Where before Lights' keyboards plinked and percolated like tiny bubbles popping with a soft, twee-like exuberance, here she slams you with overdriven, fuzz-pulsing synth and drum machine-driven tracks that, aside from Poxleitner's angelic vocals, have an almost purposefully lo-fi sound. Which isn't to say Siberia sounds bad; on the contrary, the album -- produced with some assistance from Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh of Toronto's indie electronic ensemble Holy Fuck -- is a blissful, laser-toned experience where Poxleitner's sweet voice is expertly wrapped in stylish, multicolored hues of fluorescent keyboard squelch and bass guitar shimmer. In that sense, tracks like the yearning "Where the Fences Are Low" and the sparkling, anthemic "Toes" bring to mind the work of such similarly inclined contemporaries as the Naked and Famous and M83. Elsewhere, the yearning and dancey "Everybody Breaks a Glass," the grand "Flux and Flow," and the funky "Fourth Dimension" are sexy, passionate, club-ready cuts that sound something like early Madonna mashed up with the Buggles' Age of Plastic and piped through a boom box with blown-out speakers. If this is the sound of Siberia, then Lights should have you begging to be exiled.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
Label:
Last Gang Records
UPC:
0060270135628
catalogNumber:
201356

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Performance Credits

Lights   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Holy Fuck   Synthesizer
Shad K   Vocals
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar
Maurie Kaufmann   Drums

Technical Credits

Lenny DeRose   Engineer
Lights   Composer,Producer
Graham Walsh   Producer
Holy Fuck   Engineer,Drum Producer
Brian Borcherdt   Composer,Producer
Daenen Bramberger   Engineer
Graham Marsh   Composer,Producer
S. Kabango   Composer
Dave "Dwave" Thomson   Composer,Producer
Dave Mohacsi   Engineer
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dave "Dwave" Thompson   Programming
Jay "Human Kebab" Parsons   Composer,drum programming

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