Bright Light Bright Light Releases New Album “Fun City”: Streaming
- New York-based electro-pop singer-songwriter Rod Thomas, aka Bright Light Bright Light released his eighth studio album “Fun City” on September 18th.
The album contains 12-track, featuring guest appearances from Brendan Maclean, Jake Shears, Andy Bell, Sam Sparro, Caveboy, Donna De Lory, Initial Talk & Niki Haris, KAYE, The Illustrious Blacks, Big Dipper, Mark Gatiss and Justin Vivian Bond.
Rod Thomas said of the album, “The album is written as a loveletter to the LGBTQ+ community, inspired by our past struggles and successes, and looking to our future. Inspired by incredible frontrunners like Bessie Smith, Sylvester, Bronski Beat, Erasure, Elton John, Pet Shop Boys, K.D. Lang, Hercules & Love Affair, Scissor Sisters and so many more who have made us visible and empowered.”
Rod Thomas explained track by track for the album below.
“Features the amazing Brendan Maclean!”
“I Used To Be Cool”
“A tongue-in-cheek playout of the delusional side of summer romance. We filmed this video last summer with a great small team of Tyler Jensen (Director) Eavvon O'Neal (DOP) and three friends. I hope it raises a smile! Three of us are from foreign shores but love calling New York home and had a great time making this homage to some American Pop Culture <3.”
“Good At Goodbyes”
“Features my hero Andy Bell!”
“This Was My House
“This song is a loveletter to the LGBTQ+ community and is about how our safe spaces have been under fire in recent times, especially now given the closures for COVID19 pandemic, and whether some will have the funds to survive. It's for all the people who are being told – in the rise of anti-LGBTQ and xenophobic rhetoric – that they don't belong, a song to remind you that you ABSOLUTELY have the right to feel safe in the place you call home. Thank you to all out LGBTQ+ heroes.”
“Begins with a sample of a speech by Sylvia Rivera. The song is about fighting for rights and how hard it is to not feel resentment watching those who have a safer situation while you're still a victim of prejudice.”
“Saying Goodbye is Exhausting”
“Written about the fact that early goodbyes are a huge part of the LGBTQ+ experience. From the Holocaust, to the AIDS crisis, to the ever-present homophobia and transphobia that plagues our community. For all those we have said goodbye too far too soon.”
- source : Metro Weekly