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The growth of synth-pop bands over the past five years has been exponential. There are most likely tens of thousands of bands attempting to put a modern spin on a genre popularized by the likes of New Order, Pet Shop Boys, DEVO, and even Kraftwerk to an extent. The accessibility of synthesizers, the evolution of keyboards, and the availability of programs like Garage Band have made it possible for any individual or band to release music. Quantity, though, doesn’t necessarily mean quality, so trying to find artists who are creating synth-pop that stirs the emotions can take an effort.

Sometimes it takes looking in unexpected places to find those gems. LGHTNNG, formerly a quartet now a trio are one of those bands. From Groningen, Netherlands, a place the vast majority of people could only locate with the assistance of Google maps (myself included), LGHTNNG first perked our ears back in October with their stunning single, “One Night Away”. It had that warm, lush, synth-pop sound that draws your attention and holds it. The song was a taste of things to come.

Later in October, the band released their debut EP, Night Change Days. Filled with five sumptuous tracks, the album is as breathtaking and dreamy as anything released by Electric Youth and Priest and tickles with the mysterious allure of CHVRCHES. It is an album that doesn’t blow your mind, nor is it intended to. Instead, the lush and stunning music, in particular on standouts “Sharks”, “Desert King”, and the aforementioned “One Night Away”, are intended to bring you into the sonic landscapes that LGHTNNG have created, where you’re not only hearing the music but living alongside the band’s stories of love and life.

Night Change Days is out now. Get it on the band’s Bandcamp site and hear it in its entirety on SoundCloud.

Bandcamp – lghtnng.bandcamp.com
Facebook – LGHTNNG

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