The ability to reinvent yourself takes talent, without a doubt, both because it requires enough skill to remake your persona and enough courage to let go of who you were before. I Am Lightyear, the brand new electro-pop baby of Lauren Zettler, is the product of such talent in action. I Am Lightyear combines stark, popping electronics, warm, bouncing basslines and Zettlers own airy vocals, to create a sound thats both human and intangiblefilled with space and feeling. Its strong music
that addresses vulnerability while revering strength, in the great tradition of Emily Haines and Patty Griffin.
It Beats is a song about how even when you know you need everything to be different, you can rely on the fact that your heart can be trusted and will keep on beating. It might seem like a tried and true themetrust yourself, everything will be okayand it is. Zettler draws her songwriting
inspiration from such classic pop composers as Billy Joel and Elton John, neither of whom were strangers to themes of the heart, but her lush instrumentation makes the tunes more than just love songs. Home is another such example. Zettler once again takes the formthe break-up songand adds her own twist, both through a driving guitar line and swirling keyboards and through her philosophical look at something so sad and simple as being absent and present at the same time, disappearing from someones life but knowing youre still there.
I Am Lightyear is true to its name. The songs are filled with space and sound thats bright as light, and they all take on a shape thats much larger than just their lyrics and arrangements. They pull from themes of change and heartbreak that are without a doubt familiar to everyone, and tap into that
feeling you always forget about until youre in it again. The feeling that everything is open and your life seems to be made of nothing and capable of everything at once.
Recent partnerships include:
- Converse Rubber Tracks studio - recording/production/music video for "Lose Myself"
- "It Beats" featured in ModCloth's 2012 Year-In-Review video
- "It Beats" to be featured in ASOS video.