11 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The seven-minute title track of St. Lucia's debut is as great a place to start as any, confident as it is in eschewing the three-and-a-half-minute pop norm for something twice its length. Like much of When the Night, the track shimmers and glistens, with the history of synth-pop all bound up in its beguiling intro, buoyant middle, and exhaling finale. The similarly titled opening tune, “The Night Comes Again,” makes a good intro to the whole collection, sneaking up on listeners with its modest midtempo energy, which takes 90 seconds to kick in—but the huge, barreling synths and layered vocals feel like the start of a very good party. Indeed, the next tune, “The Way You Remember Me,” is a joyous dance-floor invitation, with singer/mastermind Jean-Philip Grobler sounding like a mash-up of Human League/Depeche Mode at their top-of–the-world best. Grobler has a voice as smooth as top-shelf whiskey, laced with a little heat and desire, even when he’s planning to revisit something that should have ended (“All Eyes on You”) or is leaving for good (“Elevate”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

The seven-minute title track of St. Lucia's debut is as great a place to start as any, confident as it is in eschewing the three-and-a-half-minute pop norm for something twice its length. Like much of When the Night, the track shimmers and glistens, with the history of synth-pop all bound up in its beguiling intro, buoyant middle, and exhaling finale. The similarly titled opening tune, “The Night Comes Again,” makes a good intro to the whole collection, sneaking up on listeners with its modest midtempo energy, which takes 90 seconds to kick in—but the huge, barreling synths and layered vocals feel like the start of a very good party. Indeed, the next tune, “The Way You Remember Me,” is a joyous dance-floor invitation, with singer/mastermind Jean-Philip Grobler sounding like a mash-up of Human League/Depeche Mode at their top-of–the-world best. Grobler has a voice as smooth as top-shelf whiskey, laced with a little heat and desire, even when he’s planning to revisit something that should have ended (“All Eyes on You”) or is leaving for good (“Elevate”).

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4:07
4:25
5:08
3:34
4:27
3:28
5:13
4:57
5:46
6:56
7:20

About St. Lucia

Essentially the solo vehicle for singer/songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler, the Brooklyn-based St. Lucia make shimmery, '80s-influnced, synth-driven pop. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Grobler grew up singing in the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, which found him touring and performing around Europe, Japan, and Australia. After leaving the choir, Grobler attended music school in England before relocating to New York City. Once there, he began writing his own pop songs and recording under the name St. Lucia. The band's self-titled EP appeared on Neon Gold in 2012. In 2013, St. Lucia released their full-length debut album, When the Night, featuring the single "Elevate." The album entered the Billboard 200 and hit number six on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Albums chart. Grobler and his band then spent the better part of the next few years touring, playing summer festivals and opening for other artists including Charli XCX and Ellie Goulding. In 2016, St. Lucia returned with their sophomore full-length album, Matter, which included the singles "Dancing on Glass," "Physical," and "Love Somebody." ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2011

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