OP-EX: LIGHTS – Midnight Machines

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The Economix welcomes Christian Suasi, longtime friend and music fan, for the first installment of the OP-EX series. This is a segment where Economix readers can get outside perspectives on some of the best music out in the world today. Enjoy Suasi’s take on LIGHTS’ new album:

We know LIGHTS as the electro-synth pop artist who unsheathes her “key-tar” to smite all the emotional terrors in your life with her upbeat tunes. She recently released her latest album, called Midnight Machines, where the she lays the electronic synths to rest and now wields an acoustic guitar to enchant the songs from her last release, Little Machines.

I say “enchant” because each song becomes magical. LIGHTS wanted a different vibe from her previous acoustic albums and she accomplished this by integrating a full string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello) into her studio. She and her band know the songs intimately, so they stripped down the production, isolated the melodies using each respective instrument, and finally fused it all together into a spellbinding experience.

Midnight Machines is neither sweet nor jubilant. Instead it transforms songs from Little Machines into graceful, unplugged nodes of power that’ll calm your trembling life. If you need to focus, get ahead in life in a peaceful manner, this is your album. Break yourself from the world and listen to “Meteorites,” a single off the album, below.

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