Track Of The Month: Lights – February Air

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by.

As today is the last day of February I wanted to share my track of the month with you and, given its title, I feel it’s rather fitting.

Electro-pop singer/songwriter Lights has been on the music scene since 2006, and in that time has released four EPs and the same number of studio albums. Her tracks are usually very synth-led, with the frequent use of effects, giving her sound that dance/electro feel. However, in 2010 Lights released an acoustic album of just five tracks – among them, February Air.

This stripped-back version is made up of just an acoustic guitar and Lights’ vocals, providing a complete contrast to the Electro-pop sound of the original. There are also no effects on the vocals here, and rightly so, as she really doesn’t need them. Her delicate tone gives the track a sense of poignancy, adding a whole new dimension that personally, I don’t think it had before.

The stylistic change completely transforms the track into a delicately powerful ballad – so much so that it sounds like a totally different song. However, the alteration really allows the listener to appreciate the lyrics and – almost romantic – mood that the melody creates, as well as Light’s beautiful, natural vocals.

What do you think? Have you heard the song before? Which version do you prefer? Feel free to let me know in a comment. 🙂

It’s also worth mentioning that I’ve been listening to a lot of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’ this month too, but as I posted a review of that previously I thought it unnecessary to repeat myself, so click here if you’d like to have a read of my thoughts on that song.


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