You have to wonder what it’s like for an artist who is obliged to write a new record. Inspiration is fickle; it doesn’t run on record company deadlines.

When it came to tracking down that inspiration for Lights’ new album Little Machines, the musician struggled. Eventually she began writing by retracing her youth. And you can tell, too. Tracks like “Running With The Boys,” “Slow Down” and “Child” stare right back at the past, contemplate the process of aging and take the album through an exploratory reflection between life as a child and life as an adult…

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