Album: When The Night
Artist: St. Lucia
Skip To: The Way You Remember Me
I have a certain respect for artists that can successfully create electronic music, but it’s not typically my taste. However, the incredible ’80s pop sound of When The Night is so much fun and such a delight to listen to. This a difficult album for me to describe because I am so out of the loop in regards to the workings of electronic music, but I’ll do my best.
“The Night Comes Again” functions as a distinct introduction to the album. It goes through a gradual arc throughout, beginning softly, crescendoing, and then fading out to the end of the song. Echoing vocals, not unlike those found in the A-Ha song “Take On Me,” mark the song and the album at large. The song has a cacophonous feel with many synthesized sounds interacting at once. A distinct drum, however, holds the beat and the sound together, functioning like a skeleton for the song.
The two subsequent songs, “The Way You Remember Me” and “Elevate,” carry a “shimmery” feel that is so distinctly ’80s. A saxophone in “The Way You Remember Me” adds to that feel and artfully layered electronic riffs throughout both songs build the anticipation incredibly well. Despite the pop feel, the songs deal with darker, nostalgic themes of lost love. The next song however, “Wait For Love,” carries a more hopeful theme that is reflected in the instrumentation. Falsetto voicing and a deep but major electric guitar give it a happier feel.
The saxophone returns in “All Eyes on You” as it provides a sudden, mysterious break between the largely upbeat, electronically synthesized instrumentation. As the album moves into “Closer Than This,” feminine backup vocals strikingly similar to those of songs such as B-52’s “Love Shack” take on a more central role, adding to the already full instrumentation. The energy backs down in the more dreamy “Call Me Up.” The song undergoes a false ending before launching back into an instrumental section that fades out into nature white noise. It then transitions seamlessly into the much more upbeat “We Got it Wrong.” The feminine vocals return with more prominence and the song continually surprises the listener with beats and drops that “punch” the listener unexpectedly. In this particular track, vocals back up the instrumentation, rather than instrumentation accompanying a distinct vocal melody.
St. Lucia experiments with a more minor quality in “September,” utilizing similar repetitive riffs as those in “The Way You Remember Me” to create a feel of recklessness that mirrors the lyrics. The final tracks, “Too Close” and “When The Night,” are both longer than the other tracks and focus on steady builds to create suspense and excitement throughout. “When The Night” fades out slowly and eerily after an incredibly full musical climax. This is album is so unique. Its artfully synthesized instrumentation and wonderful ’80s influence are what truly make it incredible.