There's something about Bright Light Bright Light's music that is intensely moving and hits me right at the core. He skillfully taps into a bittersweet sentiment and melancholy that grabs you firmly by the heart and lifts you up to a brighter place. His new single "Feel It" is a fantastic example of that. Featuring the powerful diva vocals of Mykal Kilgore, the song beautifully captures what Bright Light Bright Light's hopeful brand of pop is all about. "Feel It" is taken from his debut LP, the aptly-titled "Make Me Believe In Hope."
The freshly-released single edit of "Feel It" kicks off with a brief acapella that neatly morphs into an energizing '90s styled club groove that fuels the song's uplifting message about finding love in a hopeless place. Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) reaches out and sings, "You're the light and I want to see it, you're the heat and I want to feel it" before the song gently soars into its gorgeous sunbust chorus that is filled with optimism. "When the world falls apart, you're the reason there's still hope," Thomas concludes. It's pop of the finest kind.
In related Bright Light Bright Light news, the singer received some very exciting news last week when British music mag Music Week reported that he's in contention for this year's Mercury Prize. The article notes that "the latest bookies' odds on the Mercury Music Prize have named Bright Light Bright Light as second favourite for the coveted gong, behind Alt-J's An Awesome Wave ( . . . ) Rod Thomas' 'Make Me Believe In Hope' LP is given 6/1 on the bookies' latest listings." This is very exciting news and we will know for certain when nominations are announced on September 12. (Download Bright Light Bright Light "Make Me Believe In Hope" on iTunes.)