Lights - Scala, London
It’s been a couple of years since electro poppin’ geek girl Lights has been on these shores. Last seen promoting album number two Siberia, the singer has made a welcome return to the UK, playing a handful of dates as part of a European jaunt, showcasing tracks from her shiny new release - Little Machines. The Canadian’s Scala headline show was heavy on new material, which wasn’t a bad thing, as I believe it’s her best work as a whole to date.
Set opener ‘Muscle Memory’, ‘Running With The Boys’ (whose new video has just appeared online), and the anthemic ‘Up We Go’ all helped demonstrate the quality of her third studio album. Little Machines has been out for a few months now, so it’s no surprise that the tunes that were aired received as good a reception as the older material that comprised the rest of the set. Lights did ask the crowd if they were familiar with the new collection during the evening, receiving a resounding 'yes' from the majority of her fans. That being said, lapsed Lights lovers wouldn’t have gone home feeling short changed, as Siberia songs showed up frequently, including the title track, ‘Toes’ and ‘Where The Fence Is Low’.
The remainder of the set included a couple of songs from album number one The Listening, and standalone single ‘My Boots’. That's probably my favorite song Lights has recorded to date, so it always great to hear it live. However, it wasn’t the highlight of my evening, as that award goes to the sumptuous stripped back rendition of ‘Don’t Go Home Without Me’. I’ve said in previous reviews that I actually prefer the acoustic renditions of the singer’s work, with Siberia Acoustic getting more airings in the Thomson household than the original, so the Scala airing produced a really memorable moment for my first gig of 2015.