Portal

Album: Little Machines (2014)
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  • Little Machines' opening track is a result of an experimentation with poetry. Lights explained during a Reddit AMA: "For a stretch I wrote a poem a night in attempt to free up my mind lyrically, and the first track on the album, Portal, is a direct result of that! Poetry to song."

    Lights added that she wrote the song during a very frustrated, uninspired time. "I felt like I lost my knack for writing, I was angry it wasn't coming easily, sort of like I was losing my purpose," she said. "It was sort of a cry for something sure during a time that I had a lot of questions."

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