Lights is one of those critically acclaimed electro-pop divas that I really want to like but can't quite get into. The Canadian's first album was more my tumbler of vodka but her latest effort "Siberia" left me cold. Pun intended. It's just an achingly hip mess - albeit with a couple of really good songs thrown into the mix. One of those gems is "Banner" and, happily, it has just been released as the album's third single in Australia.
Even more exciting is confirmation that the synth-siren is headed our way for a tour in June. Valerie (her real name) will open for The Jezabels on their national tour and, by all accounts, she is amazing live. I can't wait to see her in action and I know "Banner" will be a highlight. This is the kind of gloriously anthemic electro-goodness that makes you want to kick Robyn to the curb and move on. It's subtle and brooding enough for the cool crowd, while that huge pop chorus appeals to everyone else.
Even the video (below) is a minor triumph. Playing like a emo-version of Mad Max, Lights finds some trouble on the highway. Which she solves by waving a rag in the air. It's better than it sounds. Trust me!