"Capture something invisible, organize it, give it movement, then spit it back from whence it came. Music is a dark, dark art."Lights is a Canadian pop singer (born in 1987 as Valerie Anne Poxleitner) known for performing songs such as "February Air", "Saviour", "Ice" and "Second Go" during the late 2000s. She released her self-titled debut EP in 2008, and her first full-length album The Listening in late 2009.She also wrote a song called Perfect, but you probably didn't know that.Her official website can be found here
Main Studio Discography
This singer provides examples of:
- Accent On The Wrong Syllable: Sure, I guess the words "hysteria" and "Siberia" can be pronounced to rhyme with "diarrhea"...
- Album Title Drop: "Saviour" for The Listening: "The night is deafening/When the silence is listening..."
- Well, that and the title track, of course.
- The title of Little Machines is dropped in the lyrics of "Running with the Boys".
- An Aesop: The song "Everybody Breaks A Glass" seems like it's meant to convey the message of "Hey, nobody's perfect, so don't sweat your flaws."
- Animated Music Video: "Saviour".
- Answer Song / Siamese Twin Songs: "...And Counting" is the second half of a pair with Blessthefall's "40 Days". Lights is married to their singer Beau Bokan, and the songs deal with their previous distance from eachother due to their respective tours, and living in different countries. She also appears at the end of the video for "40 Days"
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Darker and Edgier version of "Ice" shows her and the Evil Twin destroying furniture and instruments. But it's the Evil Twin taking possession of and systematically draining the fishbowl, too far away for a direct interception, that begins the battle in earnest.
- Author Avatar / Adam Westing: Captain Lights.
- Auto-Tune: In the verses of "Saviour" and in the middle-eight of "The Listening". Admittedly, though, it is used less for vocal correction and more as an effect.
- Badass Boast: "Banner" from Sibera has this lyric:LIGHTS: No weapon can sever the soul from me.
- Becoming the Mask / Do Not Call Me Valerie: She actually had her name legally changed to Lights, and prefers that people no longer address or refer to her by her born first name Valerie.
- Canada, Eh?
- Catch Phrase: Captain Lights says "Damn..." at the end of nearly every episode (almost always because a new threat is revealed). When Lights sees Earth in the last episode, she says it again, but this time in admiration.
- The exception is Issue Four, where Captain Lights instead listens to the voices of the Wah-Wah'snote and reflects on the uniqueness and beauty of each voice.
- Celebrity Endorsement: She lent some of her songs to (and even appeared in) an Old Navy TV ad campaign in early 2008. Possibly an Inverted since these commercials actually introduced her to many of her fans.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: Her song "Muscle Memory" is about trying to get over the instinct to reach for a lover who is no longer there.
- Darker and Edgier: Siberia compared to The Listening. That said, some of its songs ("Toes" and "Peace Sign" being some prime examples) wouldn't feel out of place on The Listening, and it generally doesn't feel too dark.
- Distaff Counterpart: Owl City.
- Did we mention that in Owl City's "Deer in the Headlights" video, both Lights and Owl City appear?
- And they also did a duet called Cactus in the Valley? (it's better than it sounds). note
- Lights also duets with Owl City on his song "The Yacht Club".
- They've also gone on tour together.
- Dogged Nice Girl: "Quiet" seems to be written from a type 2 perspective.
- The End of the World as We Know It: The Song of Anti-Creation would cause this in Audioquest: A Captain Lights Adventure.
- Fanservice: Both “Saviour” and “Toes” have her wearing a visible black bra not to mention the shorts.
- Gamer Chick: See One of Us.
- Genki Girl: She has elements of this.
- Genre Throwback: To 80s synthpop, especially The Listening.
- Iconic Item / Cool Headband: Early on in her career Lights would wear a brightly-colored headband; not these days.
- Lyrics/Video Mismatch: "Ice". The lyrics are about a boyfriend who's a male Ice Queen, the music video is about Lights fighting her cloaked Evil Twin.
- Mega Neko: Just look at the thing!!!!
- Minimalistic Cover Art: The cover of Siberia, unlike her other two albums, is a Deliberately Monochrome photo of her wearing a plaid shirt (and nothing underneath, even) on a plain background.
- Mind Screw: The ending of the video for "Ice". A Split-Personality Merge? The Bad Guy Wins? What?
- Mirror Match: Near the end of "Ice," with her Evil Counterpartnote .
- Motor Mouth: She admits to being a naturally fast speaker. Also applies to her vocals in the middle-eight section of "Ice" (the 'Leonard Bernstein' of which you can find in the Shout Out trope listed further down the page).
Lights: I'm looking at you looking at me, what can I do but say sorry, it's a little late but you know I just want you to be happy, what I gotta say to make you let me get away with it this time? I know you're upset and that you're happy just to sit and hate me, but I'll make a bet that you'd be better to forget about me, even better yet I'll let a little light melt the ice, ice baby!
- Particularly impressive in this
- For those who are wondering, the full lyrics from the middle-eight of "Ice" are as follows:
- New Sound Album: Siberia. It keeps the synth/electro sound of The Listening, but adds elements of hip-hop and dubstep (Better Than It Sounds) and is generally darker and more subdued.
- Perky Goth: Her appearance and love for metal music would make up the 'Goth' part of this trope, while her own music and personality make up the 'Perky' part. Go figure.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Lights has a tendency to stick some pretty nice vocabulary words into her lyrics. There aren't many other pop singers out there who put words like "interim" and "trajectories" into the same song and actually make it work.
In the interim, the princess was in another castle
- In "Ice" she pays a brief lyrical homage to Vanilla Ice ("...I'll let a little light melt the Ice Ice Baby!") followed by a musical quote.
- "Timing is Everything" has this line:
- Believe it or not, "Lions!" is full of World Of Warcraft references.
- Raygun Gothic: The "Drive My Soul" video.
- Robot or Spaceman Alter Ego: Captain Lights.
- Special Guest: Showed up on the Fast Food Meatloaf episode of Epic Meal Time.
- Sympathy for the Devil: In episode four of her "Captain Lights" adventures, her fictional self expresses pity for "those who sought to silence others, preferring quiet obedience to creative expression." (Much like the villain of the story, Lotar.)
- The Oner: The video for "Second Go".
- Tempting Fate: “All I gotta do now is get inside without being noticed… What the— ?”
- Unkempt Beauty: Even with hair that is often unruly (except for her trademark combed-over fringe) and a minimal amount of makeup (she is rarely seen without eyeliner), Lights still retains a natural cuteness. Many fans can't help but fall in love with her, especially When She Smiles.
- A Wild Rapper Appears:
- Canadian rapper Shad in "Everybody Breaks a Glass" and "Flux and Flow" on Siberia. He either makes the tracks better or is extremely out of place.
- Also on the K-OS remix of "Ice".
- Woman in White: In the video for "Second Go". Until she gets covered in paint, anyway.