Lights That Change is churning quite a buzz in the UK with their new-age pop shoegaze sound. They have recently started making music but have received a lot of attention for the uniqueness and passion found within their music. This EP, Beautiful Soul only has two tracks in it but they definitely showcase the sound that is emitted from the members of the band. It sounds almost like retro electronic pop from the eighties, from bands like The Cranberries and Depeche Mode, yet reclaims is modernity with their effects and almost eerie-like way of constructing songs.
The female lead singer really acts as a staple to the songs as her voice is high-pitched yet pleasing to the ear and is capable of variations. The first song on the album titled “Beautiful Soul” starts off like the beginning of a journey, it is a bit slow and slowly blends the beat, which never ceases to echo throughout. There are a lot of effects and sounds coming from many different areas of the song, yet the sound is not meddled and there is maintenance of a pleasing musical structure. The vocalist gives the listener a trance like repetition of varying sound before proclaiming, “You are beautiful, yes you are.”
The second song on the album is very sultry and has a running percussion that just sweeps you away to some misty and lusty place. The lyrics paint a picture of someone who just can’t stick to love anymore, but really can’t make up their mind, “my heart is running away from you… I can right the wrongs, I can, I can.” The usage of trippy guitars, simple drum percussions, and a synthy effect that never ceases to emulate from the background makes this song one to really get lost in. It’s dramatic and serious while giving the listener this hypnotic beat to let them forget about whatever may be itching at their consciousness. “I can take you to the valley of wonder, hiding beneath a sycamore tree.”
This band has managed to create a solid and unique sound that is very layered and sophisticated. It is unfortunate that there are only two songs on this album for I can only imagine what else this band is capable of producing.
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