“When the Night”
Kindred spirits: The Human League,
Show: Tuesday at the Black Cat. Doors open at 8 p.m. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. Show is sold out.
The brainchild of South African-born singer-songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia combines intricate layering characteristic of electronic music with anthemic melodies inspired by ’80s synth pop, creating a dynamically rich sonic serotonin.
Almost every song on St. Lucia’s debut LP, “When the Night,” feels like a hit, distilled to its rawest form and then filled with fuzzy keyboards, angelic vocals (supplied by Grobler and wife Patricia Beranek), endless beats and rolling drum fills. “The Night Comes Again” begins with a subtle, dreamy synth-chord progression that’s quickly thickened by effects and transformed by a driving retro beat vaguely reminiscent of Phil Collins. It’s more of a trance than a well-made song and the lyrics may be simple (a six-line ode to the invincibility of the night), but the result is no less affecting than more traditionally structured tracks such as “Wait for Love.”