Lights Goes Renegade Red in New Album + Comic Book Promo

Innocent no more, Lights came to slay with her fourth, comic book-inspired album.

After a week-long countdown on her social media outlets, the Canadian dream pop singer finally unveiled the artwork and inspiration behind her most creative undertaking yet, Skin & Earth, part comic book series, part music album.

According to Alternative Press, the Dynamite Entertainment-produced Skin & Earth will hit the Internet first next month; then in comic book stores on July 12; and finally, the “Meteorites” singer will follow through with the new record of the same name in the fall.

On Tuesday, April 18, the soloist gifted anxious fans with a much-awaited mini clip teasing the backstory behind the comic book for her forthcoming project. In the teaser, the scarlet starlet, reimagined as her animated alter ego, En, walks battle-ready in the streets of what appears to be a deserted post-apocalyptic town.

Apparently, the series will follow En as she pushes through the dark and perilous world before her, and gets tangled in “romances, and cults, gods, and mortals” along the way. If you ask me, the whole scheme of things sounds like one big twisted, dark fantasy that could stir a cult-followed adventure of say, Brian K. Vaughan‘s Paper Girls, if properly executed. We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose.


Lights’ remarks on her latest music effort:

I feel my whole life has lead up to a project like this. It’s a complete convergence of everything I love – music, comics, post-apocalyptic romance, crystals, wine and powerful ladies, all perfectly entwined. It’ll be by far my most care-free and fierce album yet. I think now, more than ever, people need a reason to listen to a whole record, and this is mine.

While the record won’t be hitting shelves for several months, fellow Lights fans like myself will not have to wait much longer for new tunes. Evidently, with every volume release of Skin & Earth, there will also be a track from the album to accompany it, PopCrush reported.

With new albums by Paramore, Halsey and now Lights coming out this year, at least something good is coming out of the relentless heatwave that’s about to sweep through the Midwest…

I have been fiending for more music from Lights since her sneaker-hit Little Machines crept up on me in 2014. (FYI, I still keep Midnight Machines on replay to this day.) I’m not much of a graphic novel/comic book fan (though I’m sure it will just be more added glory for her resume), but I’ll definitely be keeping my ear to the Interwebs for any new music.

What do you all think of Lights’ new comic book/album Skin & Earth?

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