Lights (EP)

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Lights
EP by Lights
Released April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22)
Recorded 2006–08
Genre Synthpop, new wave, indie pop
Length 20:29
Label Underground, Doghouse
Producer Lights, Thomas Salter, Dave Thomson
Lights chronology
Lights
(2008)
The Listening
(2009)
Singles from Lights
  1. "Drive My Soul"
    Released: March 11, 2008 (2008-03-11)
  2. "February Air"
    Released: December 9, 2008 (2008-12-09)

Lights is the self-titled debut extended play (EP) by Canadian recording artist Lights, released on iTunes on April 22, 2008. It was re-released digitally and physically on September 16, 2008, including the tracks "Ice" and "I Owe You One".

Background[edit]

Lights, an avid comic book fan, drew the cover of the EP. Within the EP booklet, she drew what Los Angeles Times writer Geoff Boucher described as "a white-winged space girl with a tapered laser pistol that Flash Gordon would admire." The illustration was accompanied by the caption: "Our struggles is not against flesh and blood but against the forces and powers of a dark world."[1]

Beginning in February 2008, her song "February Air" was featured in a series of Old Navy television ads.[2] The music video for the song premiered in December.[3] Another track, "Drive My Soul", appeared during a 2008 episode of MTV's The Hills.[4][5]

Release and reception[edit]

The EP was released on April 22, 2008. It was made available in Canada through Best Buy, HMV, and iTunes, and in the United States on iTunes. Later in the year, coinciding with Lights' touring, the EP was made available on CD in the US on September 16, 2008.

Three songs from Lights were released as singles: "Drive My Soul", "February Air", and "Ice".[6] These songs, along with "The Last Thing on Your Mind", were later reworked and included on Lights' debut album, The Listening (2009).[7]

Lights peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers albums chart.[8] Matthew Chisling of Allmusic remarked that the EP "found a large amount of commercial success" and "critical praise"[6] -- including Lights' 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year[9] -- which led Warner Bros. to allow Lights to release The Listening almost a year later.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Ice"   Lights, Thomas Salter Lights, Salter 2:57
2. "Drive My Soul"   Lights, Salter Lights, Salter 3:22
3. "February Air"   Lights, Dave Thomson Lights, Thomson 3:50
4. "White"   Lights, Salter Lights, Salter 3:20
5. "I Owe You One"   Lights Lights 3:39
6. "The Last Thing on Your Mind"   Lights Lights, Thomson 3:21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boucher, Geoff (December 26, 2008). "Lights shining on Wonder Woman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Zmuda, Natalie (February 11, 2008). "Old Navy Brings 'February Air' to Buenos Aires". Advertising Age. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Anitai, Tamar (February 11, 2008). "New Video: Lights, 'February Air'". MTV. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Boyer, Jennifer (October 30, 2008). "Chicago Shines When Lights Comes to Town". The Dead Hub. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Hills › Season 4 › Songs From the Show › Ep. 403". MTV.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Chisling, Matthew. "Review: Lights - 'Lights'". Allmusic. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fairall, Jer (January 28, 2010). "Review: Lights - 'The Listening'". Popmatters. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lights - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ Patch, Nick (March 29, 2009). "Nickelback rules at Junos". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 28, 2014.