LGHTNNG - Nights change days EP
Released on October 16th, 'Nights change days' is the brand new EP from LGHTNNG and boy are we super psyched that NRW Records have the pleasure of releasing this one.
Hailing from Groningen in the Netherlands, LGHTNNG have quickly established themselves within the retro community with one of the strongest debut's I've heard this year. So often in our wonderful scene, it takes artists an EP or two to really figure out in which direction they're heading in and the sound is often developed and crafted over a number of years. What's rad about 'Nights change days' is that it revels in its own self awareness and confidence, whilst the songs come together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
The EP opens with the superbly laid back and gorgeous, 'Sad Humming', instantly transporting us into a nocturnal daze. Doortje's vocals are absolutely beautiful and her sweet tones deliver melancholic lyrics with ease and conviction. Moving into 'Desert Kings' we are faced with a brilliant balance of music and vocals, it beats as one heart and it conjures imagery like some kind of lucid dream. 'Loneliness' is soulful and the lyrics are poetic, it oozes maturity and it stands up against anything that Chvrches have released in the passed year. This song quickly became a instant favourite of mine and I did replay it on numerous occasions, its probably best I not divulge the exact total. By the time the final two tracks play out, 'Sharks' and 'One night away' it becomes clearly evident that what you've heard is an insanely strong EP and the glimpses of guitar and piano add extra depth to the clear and direct synth sound. Nothing really feels overdone here and the benevolent spirit of the songs remain from start to finish.
Although I don't dispute there being deep set emotions at the core of this record, Its sugary undertones help make it feel very accessible and I feel 'Nights change days' could really capture the hearts and minds of not just fans of the retro scene, but a wider pop audience too. For those of you who haven't had time to check this one out yet, I urge you not to waste another minute without it.