"Before even beginning to write for the record, I came up with this story," Lights says a few days before filming the video. "The concept, without giving too much away, is really about a woman who becomes entranced by a spirit
that's sort of the devil on her shoulder. It's a commentary on depression and stuff that I've dealt with in the past. It came from a really personal place, even though I was putting myself in the mind of this character."
The comic's story and the individual songs will enjoy a reciprocal relationship throughout her new material's roll-out. She says there's a track for every part of the story, with every chapter of the comic covered in song, adding up to six issues, 12 compositions and two interludes. This being the 30-year old's fourth record in 10 years, she experimented not only thematically, but sonically too, bringing in collaborators (Big Data and Corin Roddick from Purity Ring, for example) and stretching her vocal performance, she says, like she never has before."After three records, you feel like you've done it all over and over again, but I had other things to say," Lights, whose given name was Valerie Anne Poxleitner, explains. "Because of the scope of this project, I knew I wanted to work with as many people as possible. Before, I lacked the confidence to share creatively with someone else because I was afraid my voice would get buried, but not anymore."
Collaboration was also huge when it came to the comic books themselves. As a fan and frequent Comic-Con attendee
, Lights has always had drawing skills, and she referenced comics in her early album art and promo. of ten evoking a Watchmen meets Sailor Moon vibe. Gaming was also huge
in terms of her personal influences and she credits her obsession with World of Warcraft as a big connector with likeminded fans who then discovered her music.