On January 10, 2020, Denver’s Daniel Goldstein, better known by his stage name Lane 8, released his third studio album titled Brightest Lights, which very well may be the best dance album to come out of 2020. Before chaos ensued throughout the world, Lane 8 blessed us with this blissful 13 track LP proving that dance music doesn’t need to be full of high energy bangers to hit. In fact, the mellow harmonies displayed on Brightest Lights not only allow you to feel every emotion, but you’ll be moving and grooving as your body is flooded with absolute happiness.
Fourteen days after Brightest Lights’ release, I was lucky enough to see Lane 8 at Holy Ship Wrecked just before live music was postponed indefinitely. He was never on my radar before I made the trip to Dominican Republic, and it’s safe to say his set caught me by surprise. Never before have I seen a DJ move a crowd so elegantly. As he showcased Brightest Lights, I was overcome with an unexplainable sense of nostalgia. Every song hit in a way that put me in a familiar place that I could not explain, and every time I listen to the album, I am transported back to that set.
Lane 8 somehow mixes electronica, house, and trance in a way that takes the listener on a journey with blissful atmospheres and rich textures. With the help of groups like Policia and Artic Lake, Lane 8 is able to create an album that is not only new and refreshing but timeless in every sense of the word. It’s beautiful, progressive, and pop-friendly, as Lane 8’s take on melodic house translates just as good through your car speakers as it does a festival stage.
Some of the standout tracks on Brightest Lights are Just, Road, and Brightest Lights, among others, but the album as a whole is an extraordinary expedition of emotions and blissed-out soundscapes. Lane 8 is able to create an album that soothes the soul and reminds the listener that there is beauty in everything, even when the world is burning.
“We are so bombarded with negative energy these days that it is sometimes easy to forget all the beautiful and positive things that happen every day,” Lane 8 Explains. “However small or seemingly insignificant, Brightest Lights is about celebrating and embracing the ups and downs of life and trying to see the world in a positive light.”
Brightest Lights could not have come at a better time as covid ran rampant through 2020, shutting down life as we know it. But throughout the chaos, the album serves as a reminder to enjoy the little things and celebrate life as it happens. Whether it’s good or bad, there is always something to appreciate and be grateful for. No matter how dark things are, it is always important to look for the Brightest Lights!