Lights' 2011 sophomore effort Siberia is a much heavier sounding affair than her gentle, 2009 full-length The Listening. There she delivered a batch of Cyndi Lauper-meets-Postal Service-meets-Daft Punk dorm room anthems that were pleasantly catchy. Two years later, Siberia showcases singer/songwriter Valerie Poxleitner's more mature, sonically sophisticated approach to her synth-driven melodic pop that draws on such dance-sympathetic styles as dubstep, hip-hop, and electronica.
Without knowing much about Lights, and seeing the words ‘Lights’ and ‘Siberia’ in the title, you could be forgiven for thinking this album would be full of sparse but glittering chillwave, featuring synths that sparkle through a dense fog of reverb. You’d also be completely wrong.‘Siberia’ is the second album from Canada’s Lights, and is actually a synthpop album with accents of dubstep and Nordic dance pop. It’s quite a good snapshot of what is currently en vogue in modern music, which in itself will make it an interesting listen for the future, to see how it holds up.Upon first listen, ‘Siberia’ sounds like an amalgamation of Robyn’s infectious pop structures with Dragonette’s slightly harsher electronics.