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Lights – Melkweg, Amsterdam – 05/02/15 | Live Review

Canadian songstress Lights was in Europe to promote her latest album ‘Little Machines’. Here’s our run down of when we caught the fiery lady in Amsterdam.

Source: Rebecca Need-Menear

2014 was a big year for Canadian synth-pop songstress Lights; who brought in two babies into the world – her daughter Rocket and her third album Little Machines. The Juno award winning singer hadn’t released new material since 2011’s Siberia so it’s no surprise the excitement the Lights Army have shown about her return to this side of the pond. Currently wrapping up her jaunt across the UK and mainland Europe, we headed down to check out Lights as she graced the stage in Amsterdam with her fiery personality and groovy tunes.

As far as her tracks go, opening number ‘Muscle Memory’ is one of the more mellow ones but hearing it live you definitely understand why it’s been chosen to open up each night of this tour. As soon as that chorus kicks in and Lights belts out: “When I am alone, I see you in the dark..” the room begins to bounce. When asked who had picked up her latest album, hands shot up in the air with enthusiasm, bringing a humble smile to the singer’s face. So naturally, the array of tracks off Little Machines including latest single ‘Running With The Boys’ and ‘Up We Go’ , were warmly received throughout the night.

Source: Rebecca Need-Menear

Older fans of Lights had nothing to fear though, as older material like standalone single ‘My Boots’ and some of Siberia‘s finest made regular appearances. From the bubbly ‘Toes’ to the more laid back ‘Cactus In The Valley’ there were plenty of opportunities to sing along or simply just sway along with your eyes shut. It may be easy to hide behind all the frills of electro-pop, but that’s not the case for Lights. As she picked up her guitar for ‘The Last Thing On Your Mind’, it showed off her vocal abilities, which has doubtlessly continued to improve throughout the years.

Lights is one little lady that should not be underestimated. Her live performance is explosive and all she wants to do is have a good time while simultaneously ensuring the crowd does too. Full of energy, don’t expect to go to a Lights show without having a little dance.

Photos from London By Rebecca Need-Menear

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