Rod Thomas, the Welsh electro-pop musician, is known and Bright Light Bright Light. The artist finished touring North America as the opening act for Elton John’s current tour, Follow the Yellow Brick Road. The tour is celebrating forty-years since the release of the album. The tour recently finished its American leg, and will go to Europe until December, when there will be a show in New York City on New Year’s Eve.
Bright Light Bright Light, also known as Bright Light 2X, has worked with Elton, Del Marquis and Ana Matronic, of Scissor Sisters.
Having kicked off 2014 with praise from The Pet Shop Boys for his “sparkling” cover of ‘West End Girls’ (with Scissor Sister Ana Matronic) he follows his critically-hailed debut Make Me Believe In Hope with a new album focusing on how you learn to appreciate what you’ve got and make the most of your days, inspired by a six month sojourn in NYC.
‘The record is based around the idea of missing the bigger picture,’ explains Rod, ‘How it’s easy to forget to look around you and see what you have. The songs are about family, friends and lovers and what it is about them you love, hate, miss, remember and keep with you.’
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“Everything I Ever Wanted” opens the album with a tender message. Rod sings sweetly as he confesses that love is never really erased or lost. ‘All the times I’ve tried to be/ Something to stop your heart from breaking/ I didn’t want to make you mine/ The only thing I ever wanted/ Is for/ the love you long to see/ To be yours for the taken/ And all the dreams you dare to dream/ To come true, so you COULD BE FREE’.
Read more about the charity release of the track in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“There Are No Miracles” is a positive, angst-filled track about how one perceives life. Despite certain cynicism, the track is about taking responsibility and not relinquishing one’s power. ‘Learn your lessons, learn to take control/ Cause it’s your life and only you can know’.
“I Wish We Were Leaving” is a collaboration with Elton John. This track was released as part of an EP of the same name. This was released in the spring of 2014. The set includes two other tracks.
About the track, Rod says “Although it wasn’t written as a duet, I love that Elton’s voice taking lead in the second verse is a reminder that every relationship has two sides and two voices.’
“An Open Heart” is an ode to being happy whilst alive. That sense of taking responsibility is back as he utters ‘Look across the water for miracles/ But nothing can change if you won’t!’; ‘No, no comfort comes to someone/ Who’s too proud to stand and fight’; ‘Does it take a life to fall apart?/You need open up your eyes’.
“Good Luck” is slightly bouncier in comparison to the otherwise eighties synth-pop tracks preceding it. The melancholy is still present as he warms about finding strength to let go for the sake of the other in a relationship. ‘Good luck’ he warns ‘being lonely’.
“I Believe” maintains the momentum of the previous track, yet this time he croons about someone gifting him a sense of trust and stability. ‘I don’t know what you’ve done to me, but I believe it.’
“Lust for Life” tries quenching its thirst by questioning the process of becoming complaisant. ‘So we make the same mistake three times/ And think we’ve found our lust for life/ When what we’ve have is all gone/ That’s what the heart does wrong.’
“More Than Most” is a positivity party waiting to be shared. Rob is aware without appearing to be peppy or condescending. ‘You’ve got more than most if you open your eyes/ Maybe some lovers didn’t turn out right/ But now they’re all just ghosts that mean nothing at all/ Though that doesn’t make it easy.’
“In Your Care” was the first official single set to promote the album. The track is poetic and introspective. He discusses the recording and touring process, which has sent him far away from home; Wales. Despite the distance that the artistic process creates, he seethes in the joy of manifesting a world where he makes music.
‘Life is easy, sitting in New York/ Streets are loud so I never have to talk/ Days are long so there’s time to forget/ Lift my eyes to the beautiful sunset/ Keep my distance except when I want to/Feel the colour of what I learned about/ As a boy in the glow of a screen/ Set on leaving to make my life the dream/ Fill my mouth with the language of others/Paint my skin with the shade of my lovers/ Hide the cracks with the smiles that they see/ Learn to be strong, and learn to be free.’
The album’s title is pulled from here. The message is essentially to remind oneself to be open and be appreciative of what one desires.
“Too Much” has a lovely instrumental break as Rod sings about moving on from a relationship.
“Happiness” begins with lovely vocals and interesting rhythms. ‘Oh happiness hasn’t left/ Just moved from my hands/ To somebody else’s/ Oh happiness isn’t dead/ It’s just moved from my mouth/ To somebody’s breath.’
Life is Easy is an ode to the power of optimism. Rod is not cheesy in his redundancy of pushing past the societal expectation of happiness, relationships and the like. Instead, he brings a level of maturity and level-headedness which make these pop tunes timeless.
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