Grace Lightman has been threatening to drop an album like this for a few years now. Her talent shone through from her very first foray in 2017’s ‘Fangs’, and now she’s done it. And she’s done it with the kind of cosmic haze that will set her apart from the pack.
It’s a crowded pack too. The alt-pop scene is a steadily growing space for artists to dip their toe into. It ranges from the frighteningly hyped up Billie Eilish to the infectiously catchy Charli XCX and everything in between, but what Lightman does with Silver Eater is a move to create her own space… in outer space.
From the outset of the unstoppably bop-heavy shimmer of ‘Repair Repair’ that this album isn’t your everyday weekend fodder. The track, while utterly danceable, holds a heavier weight than most pop songs and feels more akin to if Nico went disco with a mouthful of molly and a rocket on her back.
It’s a rocket which not only dictates the scenery of the album but the power behind it. Lightman makes a point of taking us to another scape with the title track ‘Silver Eater’ and a cosmic haze continues to shrowd the rest of the album as she develops her own extra-terrestrial alt-pop sound.
It’s a sound that continues throughout the album and slowly builds to become an anthemic theme. Tracks like ‘Exoskeleton’ and ‘An Ordinary Life’ proudly display their disco credentials while feeling both grounded and cosmic. But while a theme is always important Lightman finds more success because of her vocal expertly accompanying the vision.
At times her performance feels very close to the pop world, marrying ideals of Kylie Minogue in her early days as well as some deeper Jazz vocal cuts. It’s an effective tool to break up the spaceman troupe which, if listening straight through, can be a welcome relief.
But it’s a relief you only crave for the odd moment as Lightman’s work continues to unravel with every track. Each song adds a new layer to this space adventure and particular favourites ‘Deep Space Getaway’ and last track ‘Irridescent Behaviour’ show an artist completing her vision.
All in all, it’s hard to find too much fault with this album. If you’re not into a space-age spiked, disco-nodding, genre-spanning, alt-pop record (or hyphens for that matter) you probably won’t be a fan. If you’ve got a weekend that needs filling with light, dark, terrestrial and something a bit extra, then you won’t go far wrong with Grace Lightman’s Silver Eater.