Being strong is hard in the face of “Tough Love” as recounted by @BrightLightx2

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT, “Tough Love”

If someone so very badly hurts another person in a relationship, then the price is to face “Tough Love”, the second taste of Wales-born singer/songwriter Bright Light Bright Light’s upcoming release following the recent “How I Feel”.  While BLx2 (Rod Thomas) had a stellar year in 2017 with gorgeously happy songs, such as my favourite “New York Pretty”, 2018 brings us to a return of more downbeat stories that make you think and inspire as with many songs in Rod’s extensive repertoire.  “Tough Love” gets right to the point, enabling you to be strong enough to call out someone who is mistreating you.  And the line you belong as far way from me as you can get is indeed the rusty nail in that relationship’s coffin, if you have ever experienced such a thing.  So get to know “Tough Love” and “How I Feel” in anticipation of BLx2’s upcoming Fall tour, which will take him to my city (Toronto) and many others for the first time!

Published in: on July 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“How I Feel” is an exquisite intro to the next phase of new music from @BrightLightx2

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT, “How I Feel”

After the worldwide success of his third album Choreography and the subsequent Tales Of The City EP that followed, from which came my now-favourite Bright Light Bright Light song “New York Pretty”, BLx2 launches his next phase of new music with “How I Feel” from the upcoming EP Tough Love.  The singer/songwriter (who is Wales-born Rod Thomas, now dividing his time between London and NYC) has the unique flair for capturing isolated moments in time and space and then transforming them into song.  “How I Feel” tells about when you are all show and glow with your special person in public or with others, and while they don’t realize it, the sentiments are actually the same in private.  It’s so nice to hear a positive spin on a relationship, when someone’s smile or touch means so much, and Rod’s snapshot hits home.  “How I Feel” bears some similarity musically to other solid electronic pop BLx2 songs (“Cry At Films”, “In Your Care”) which will please fans.  Can’t wait for more new Bright Light Bright Light music!

Published in: on June 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Tough Love” is jazzy pop diversity at its best from @missMollyMoore

MOLLY MOORE, “Tough Love”

The lush sounds in “Tough Love” shouldn’t be overly surprising considering L.A. based singer/songwriter Molly Moore has dabbled in classics like “Come Fly With Me” on one of her EP’s and contributed to trumpeter Ryan Svendsen’s “Orange Tree Leaves” last year.  “Tough Love”, her first offering of 2018, does go heavy on alt.jazz flavour amid synth flourishes and a crisp vocal that’s more akin to a rock recording.  This is why Molly’s talents are so in-demand, through her other quite different work with beau Brandyn Burnette on his songs and their Cosmos & Creature project, as well as for others, including K-POP sensations EXO.  “Tough Love” is not about throwing everything into a recording but the kitchen sink.  It’s a consciously diverse offering that once again showcases Ryan Svendsen’s recognizable trumpet playing.  Rest assured that it’s a complex and fine introduction to what will come next in 2018 for Molly Moore – as always I am completely engaged 🙂 Add “Tough Love” to your Tasty and Diverse pop playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on March 3, 2018 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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More from the New Classic Vocal Era: “Say You Love Me” by @JessieWare

JESSIE WARE, “Say You Love Me”

29 year old British singer Jessie Ware had many fine moments on her debut album Devotion two years back.  But the songs that she’s been releasing thus far from her sophomore album Tough Love show that these songs are joining a new classic vocal era that was raised to new heights by Adele four years ago.  Sam Smith is the male comparator, of course, and he and Adele and Jessie Ware can join forces and send us all into complete bliss.  “Say You Love Me” is lilting and dreamy pop that is awoken with a choral climax that helps make the song memorable.  The video showcase is simple and understated and all Jessie.  Brilliant and chart bound internationally!  North America gets Tough Love on October 21, eight days after the UK and other countries.  I’m looking forward to seeing her show on October 26 in Toronto 🙂

Published in: on September 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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