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Lights / Little Machines
Album:Little Machines Collection:General
Artist:Lights Added:10/2014
Label:Warner Bros. Records 

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Album Review
Alejandra Salazar
Reviewed 2014-10-13 
LIGHTS
Little Machines
Warner Bros. Records, Inc., 2014

Upbeat electro pop from Canada indie/electro-alt royalty. High-pitched female vocals and pulsing synth placed front and center, along with some clever sampling, well-mixed filtering/reverb (all the reverb), and strong 80s influence. Slightly reminiscent of CHVRCHES or a more radio-friendly Sky Ferreira.

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***1. (4:29) Starts with solo vox, low drum beats, light guitar strumming and layered harmonization. Subtle build up; ethereal, beautiful. Best on the album.
*2. (4:13) Catchy, poppy—pretty sure this is the single. Supporting guitar has traces of 80s influence. Very throw-your-hands-up, summer-nights inspired.
3. (2:51) Buzzy synth backing, jingly-jangly melody. Slightly echoey, yelling vox. Anthem-y.
4. (4:35) Cool effect from vocal layering that’s worth checking out, but a weiiiird synth on the chorus feels a bit out of place.
*5. (3:27) Night drive vibe. Bouncy melody drives the song, and there’s a nice 80s/90s/Twin Peaks-sounding guitar sampled in there.
*6. (3:36) Synth beeps and boops open the song, prevalent throughout. Nice backing “ooh”s and “aah”s. Head-boppy.
**7. (3:12) Darker and slightly ballad-y. Great vox, nice job with reverb effect. I’m a fan of the way the track builds up—sweeping, smooth harmonizing, lots of interesting layering.
**8. (3:24) The guitar sampling here is a bit subdued, but really great detail/touch. Synth has lots of fun moving with the pace and pitch of lead vox; creates some kind of audible waves.
9. (3:22) More beeps and hoops! Vox reach borderline yelling. Prevalent 80s influence, especially in the chorus. Harmless, solid track.
10. (3:04) Power-rock ballad-esque drums, some fun with keys. Great bridge/build-up two minutes in isolates reverbed vox. Very radio-friendly.
*11. (3:37) Layered on simple/filtered keys, synth beeps and subdued percussion. Vox front and center, dramatic and loud.

Track Listing
1.Portal 6.Muscle Memory
2.Running With The Boys 7.Oil And Water
3.Up We Go 8.Slow Down
4.Same Sea 9.Meteorites
5.Speeding 10.How We Do It
 11.Don't Go Home Without Me