Following the success of his fantastic debut album on both sides of the Atlantic in 2012, Bright Light Bright Light (aka Welshman Rod Thomas) has spent much of this year in New York City to write, record and perform new music. The talented pop gentleman left his home in London to seek new experiences and inspirations, and judging from his excellent new music his decision paid off. In fact, being away from family and friends has directly inspired his new EP, entitled In Your Care, that looks at "the distance between families when people move away, and what keeps them together," according to a press release.
Written and produced with long-term writing partner Jon Shave of The Invisible Men (Jessie J, Conor Maynard, Iggy Azalea, Sugababes), the EP's title track uses a more filmic orchestration, and pulsates with heavier beats than on his previous work. But regardless of the arrangements and production stylings, Bright Light Bright Light's brand of high-grade, bittersweet pop stands strong.
"In Your Care" is the title tune from the singer's forthcoming 5-track EP that includes collaborations with Jon Shave, Ian Masterson and Andy Chatterley. One of the EP's stand outs is "Same Dream" that was a crowd favorite when Bright Light Bright Light toured with Ellie Goulding in the UK. It's a gripping dance song written about losing yourself to someone and losing yourself in the moment.
Another big tune is "An Open Heart" that Thomas wrote with Ian Masterson (who produced some of his favourite 90s remixes as Trouser Enthusiasts). It's a sleek and stylish electro-pop tune featuring vivid storytelling that captures both vulnerability and hope. According to Thomas, "An Open Heart" looks at perception, and how easy it is to miss the beauty of a moment.
In related Bright Light Bright Light news, the singer is touring the U.S. West Coast for the very first time in December. He will play Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles on December 3 (amazing venue!), Cafe Du Nord in San Franisco on December 5 and at Neightbors in Seattle on December 13. Make sure to grab tickets here. (Pre-order Bright Light Bright Light In Your Care on iTunes now.)