Sarah Denim
“Lights On"

Sarah Denim

Halifax’s Sarah Denim‘s “Lights On” is a watercolour painting inked over with crisp dark lines. Squiggly synth lines highlight and accent the vivid palette she uses in broad brush strokes as the base of her minimalist work of art. About 40 seconds in, the slightest of pauses–pregnant with anticipation–bursts forward, animating the song and bringing it to glorious life. It’s a moment of cautious hesitation immediately scrapped in favour of ‘fuck it, you only live once’ attitude. It’s details like this, and a myriad others, that make “Lights On” (and “It Goes”, released to SoundCloud around the same time) endlessly enjoyable.

Originally posted on Quick Before It Melts 28 March 2016.

Jim Di Gioia

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Jim started the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006. In 2016, he ended it. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim's served on the Polaris Music Prize jury since 2009 (always a jurist, never a grand jurist), and the Prism Prize since 2013. He never says no to poutine. Like ever.

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