Release Date: Jul 15, 2016
Record label: MRI
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
There’s something of a blind spot for some 80s pop fans where – midway through the decade – the icier electro experimentation melted away to reveal a warmer, hook-heavy climate. That magical era is where Rod Thomas, AKA Bright Light, Bright Light, has been mining for inspiration for his third album and he has certainly struck gold. This is out-and-out the best pop release so far this year.
Chance The Rapper may be the poster boy for the independent artist, but he’s not the only one thriving without record label support. Rod Thomas, the Welsh disco doyen who records under the moniker Bright Light Bright Light, has assembled a murderers’ row of guest artists on his self-released third album Choreography – including Alan Cumming, two of the Scissor Sisters and his long-term mentor figure Elton John – and all without an exec in sight. Then again, Choreography doesn’t exactly resemble the work of a DIY artist.