Mezzic would like to introduce a new contributor today! From Toronto, Canada we are very excited to have Cala. Cala is a student who spends hours on the internet listening and finding new music. Cala is also a musician, she plays guitar. Occasionally you can find her playing original songs at her school.
Anyone who is familiar with the Toronto-based signer’s video blogs will tell you that she’s pretty much perfect. Many people, (myself included) are captivated by her nearly constant smile and bubbly personality. which make her fun to watch, and listen to. That being said, I occasionally worry that I’m listening to her music because of her, and not because of her music. Lights, Valerie Poxleitner, released her debut album, The Listening in 2009, which received mixed reviews. Many people complained about her over processed vocals, and horrific use of auto-tune. (Despite the fact that auto-tune was used quite sparingly.) The truth is, The Listening was an alright album, with a few standout tracks, and a fan base of galactic proportions.
Many critics dismissed her as yet another pop singer, but few would have guessed the direction she would take next. Lights’ sophomore album, Siberia is radically different from The Listening. Instead of the polished synths that made up her first album, there’s a darker dub-step influence to Siberia that makes it grittier than her first album, while keeping that distinctive Lights sound. Siberia is still her usual electro-pop, but you can hear the dub-step influence. This influence is especially noticeable on “Flux and Flow”, a track featuring Canadian rapper, Shad. The first single, “Toes,” despite being a bit repetitive, has catchy hooks. There is a new intensity to this album that really catches my attention. An urgency can be heard on one of my favorite tracks, “Fourth Dimension”, that I never heard on The Listening. Instead of picturing spaceships and shooting stars, you get an itch to dance as she announces, “Dear we’ve touched the fourth dimension.” Not to mention it’s refreshing to hear Lights make use of her killer range. A range that can often get lost amidst all the synths. “Peace Sign” has one of the catchiest hooks I’ve heard in a while. While “Heavy Rope” has softer, more dreamy music juxtaposed with dub-step, topped off with incredibly catchy lyrics.