How did I miss these songs? Back in November, British singer/songwriter Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light) released the five track ‘In Your Care’ EP. The songs continue the journey from his incredible debut album ‘Make Me Believe in Hope,’ as he writes incredibly elevated and complex lyrics over lush synth pop and 90s dance beats. “In Your Care” is a personal song about finding his own way away from his loved ones in a new city in a style similar to Frankmusik or early New Order. “An Open Heart” urges a shy, scared or possibly closeted person to break away from their fears to allow love in their life, produced in the style of Electronic and ‘Behaviour’-era Pet Shop Boys. These two songs paired with the somber “Movement in the Dark” and the infectiously poppy “Same Dream” make the EP an essential purchase for anyone who adores synth pop or Disclosure’s debut album.
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SONG OF THE DAY: Bright Light Bright Light – In Your Care and An Open Heart
Growing up next to a coal mine in a valley in South Wales, Rod Thomas (aka Bright Light Bright Light) never imagined that his music would touch people around the world. Described by NME as the “male Robyn,” his music is a poetic mashup of the happy and the sad, with uplifting dancebeats contrasted by beautiful, and often melancholic lyrics. His love of 90s sounds comes through loud and clear in his music as well as his DJ sets, resonating with a new generation of music lovers as well as those of us who enjoyed it the first time around. His debut CD, ‘Make Me Believe in Hope,” is easily one of the best albums of 2012 and definitely a must for any lover of electronic dance music with intelligent lyrics. Maybe he is the Pet Shop Boy for the hipster generation?
DJ Ron Slomowicz: I first heard about you when Popjustice put out that single. How did Popjustice the website sign you? Bright Light: I’ve obviously been reading the website for a very long time, and we decided to put out a free download single a few months before that. I sent it to Peter and he really liked it. We started chatting over eMail, we met up for coffee and he told me about the label. I decided that it would be a good first single, we got along really well so we started working together. Continue reading INTERVIEW: Bright Light Bright Light (2012)