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Interview:
Lights keeps her "Little Machines" humming along
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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"Little Machines" has turned out to be a big deal for Canadian electropop artist Lights.

The third album by Valerie Poxleitner made a Top 5 debut in her homeland, and scored a career-high No. 34 slot on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. during September of 2014. The set also won the Juno Award for Pop Album of the Year in March.

Lights, however, has a different measure of the album's success.

"I think one of my biggest realizations for the record is I never get tired of playing the songs," she says by phone from Philadelphia. "That's even more than I can say about my previous stuff. I Love all my recordings, but this one has got this spirit that lives on every night, and that's why I'm still going strong a year later playing these songs every night and having fun doing it.

"That whole record is just, like, a triumph."

And there will be more where "Little Machines" came from. Just as 2011's "Siberia" spawned 2013's "Siberia Acoustic," Lights, 28, is working on alternative versions of the "Little Machines" songs, which she expects to release "during the next few months."

"It's basically a collection of songs for 'Little Machines' that you would least expect to hear stripped down and intimate, just turned into these late0night, drunken versions, a whole new spin on these songs," says Lights, who's married to Taking Back Sunday`s Beau Bokan and has a 21-month old daughter, Rocket. "I mean the single) up we go is almost unrecognizable on it. It's pretty cool.

"So I'm really excited for people to hear it. It's one of my favorite projects I've ever done."

Lights is looking forward to switch on her next formal album project, too. After dealing with writer's block in the lead-up to "Little Machines" she's made an effort to continue writing, and she already feels like it's paying dividends for what comes next.

"I think I learned the hard way you have to maintain that muscle even if you're busy, and God knows I've been busy," Lights explains. "But I've been writing a lot, and all those gaps where previously I would rest my head I've been writing and writing and writing -- enough new songs to make two new albums now.

"I think I' more inspired than ever. I think when you can come out of a dry spell and be stronger for it, it's kind of easy sailing from there. It's empowering. So when the time comes I think I'll have my best album -- even better than 'Little Machines.'"

Lights, the Mowglis and K Flay

Tuesday, Nov. 24. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $22.50.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.


Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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