CMU Approved

Approved: Lights

By | Published on Thursday 20 May 2010

It’s about time we had some proper pop in this slot again, so let’s fill it with Lights. Canadian popster Lights Poxleitner – she changed her name by deed poll from Valerie – released her debut single, ‘Drive My Soul’, in 2008, picking up a Juno Award for New Artist Of The Year the following year, plus a nomination for Pop Album Of The Year for her debut long player, ‘The Listening’.

Her main influence, apparently, is Bjšrk, she also admires The Knife, and has covered the likes of Rancid and Bring Me The Horizon. But if you can spot any of those artists in her music, I will give you a prize. There is very occasionally a glimpse of Imogen Heap, and maybe the vocals of Gwen Stefani, in there, but really this is pure modern pop. If you’re still with me, check out recent single ‘Ice’ as your starting point.

‘The Listening’ got its UK release this week, and you can catch Lights live at various shows around the UK until the end of the month.