Lights Signs to Fueled By Ramen, Announces 'Skin&Earth Acoustic' Album & Debuts First Track: Exclusive

Lindsey Blane


Lights will also embark on an acoustic North American tour this summer.

Lights has signed to Fueled by Ramen, Billboard can exclusively announce today (May 14).

Lights will kick off her new era with a 10-track unplugged album, Skin&Earth Acoustic, a collection of seven stripped-down takes on her most beloved songs and three newly-recorded tracks. Due out on July 12, the singer/songwriter/illustrator recorded, produced and mixed the album herself, and collaborated with husband Beau Bokan of Blessthefall on the visuals for the project.

Billboard caught up with Lights for a conversation about signing to Fueled By Ramen after her long tenure on Warner Bros. proper. "It’s pretty wild to be on a new label since the last one I was pretty much with since the beginning," she says of joining a roster that includes All Time Low, Panic! At the Disco, Paramore and Twenty One Pilots. "Glad I found my new proverbial mate, though. Time changes us so much, so it’s only fitting to be opening a welcomed new chapter surrounded by friend's bands and bands I have loved and watched for years. Before signing, I’d hit up my friends on the label to see how they liked it. It was literally like dating."

Bokan directed the atmospheric video for the bouncy, reggae-tinged acoustic anthem "Lost Girls," which serves as the first taste of Skin&Earth Acoustic. In the visual, the flame-haired singer plays a mysterious warrior who shoots electrical sparks from her fingers as she wanders through the woods wielding knives and strumming her guitar through a haze of blue smoke.

Below, Lights describes what she's looking forward to doing with her new label team, why she was so excited to produce the new album and what it was like working with Bokan. Check out the video for "Lost Girls," plus the track listing for Skin&Earth Acoustic and Lights' summer tour dates, after the Q&A.

Skin&Earth Acoustic track listing:

"Skydiving (Cliff Recording)"

"Until the Light (Truck Cab Recording)"

"Savage (Rain Recording)"

"New Fears (Bedroom Recording)"

"We Were Here (Tunnel Recording)"

"Kicks (River Recording)"

"Almost Had Me (Desert Recording)"


"Lost Girls"'

"Down Forever"

Lights acoustic tour dates:

July 24 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

July 26 - London, ON @ London Music Hall

July 27 - Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

July 29 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

July 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry @ Fillmore

July 31 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Aug. 1 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

Aug. 3 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade - Heaven

Aug. 4 - Nashville, TN @ Basement East

Aug. 6 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

Aug. 7 - Austin, TX @ 04 Centre

Aug. 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

Aug. 13 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall

Aug. 15 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

Aug. 16 - Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue