Review by Emily Coon
If you’re lucky enough to have Lights in your life, then you know she is currently on tour in support of her new album, Little Machines, which came out last fall. On February 21st, the tour made a stop to play at Emo’s in Austin. Lights was joined by special guests X Ambassadors. This isn’t Lights’ first time playing in Austin, although it has been a couple years since she was last here touring on her album, Siberia, back in 2012. You could tell from the crowd’s warm welcome that she was greatly missed and it’s clear why. Lights puts on one hell of a show.
Lights gives you everything you want in a show. She captivated the audience’s attention from her opening number, “Muscle Memory”. She displayed fabulous energy, dancing around the stage and kept the audience moving with her. She bantered with the crowd, but didn’t chat the whole time. I was expecting most of the setlist to be comprised of songs off her new album, but was pleasantly surprised that it was a good mix of old and new music. Lights closed the show with “Same Sea”, or so we thought. After many cheers from the crowd and the pleading of “one more song!” Lights came back and played an encore of “Up We Go” and “Oil and Water”.
Being that this was my first time seeing Lights live, I was very anxious to see her powerful vocals live in action. Not going to lie, I had some doubts. Could it be possible that the album’s impossibly high range could be achieved by a real person in live time? The answer: yes, yes indeed. Lights more than proved her vocal abilities with her first opening notes and continued to deliver each and every note after flawlessly.
To sum up it all up, the show was AWESOME. A+, would definitely go to another Lights show. If you missed this particular show, have no fear! Lights has assured that she will be back very soon. Until then, check out her album Little Machines!