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Shady Lights

by Snax

Electronic soul artist Snax delivers four sides of psychedelic electronic dance funk.
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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1. The Good Room
0:35 album only
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2. I'm a Planet
3:29 album only
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3. Hands Dirty
3:29 album only
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4. Daddy Island
0:46 album only
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5. No Fakin'
3:16 album only
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6. Turn It
4:14 album only
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7. Fierce Imperative
3:31 album only
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8. Loose Beat
3:32 album only
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9. Final Hour
3:27 album only
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10. Are You with Me?
4:00 album only
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11. Make Me Disappear
3:52 album only
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12. Two Souls
3:42 album only
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13. Shade of the Living Light
1:25 album only
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14. Hood Rat
2:50 album only
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15. Slum Basement
2:58 album only
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16. Her Majesty (For Brian)
4:17 album only
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17. Pillow Town
3:10 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Random Records presents Snax's fourth album SHADY LIGHTS in a deluxe gatefold double album set. Features stunning artwork, full lyrics, download code, locked groove on side 3 and a special engraved hidden message. A must for vinyl collectors!

Mortality, rediscovery, struggle, spirituality, carnality, and commitment all figure prominently in Snax's world of Shady Lights. Elements and instances of life formed a puzzle, asking to be put together and deciphered even though some pieces seemed to be missing. Snax (AKA Berlin-based musician and vocalist Paul Bonomo) finds some of the answers with Shady Lights, his fourth artist album and the first since 2010's Special Guest Star.

With Shady Lights, Snax builds on this accrued musical wisdom and peppers it with profound life experiences from the past several years. The album comes at the end of a period marked by the pain of surgery, the selling of his childhood home, and the loss of a loved one to suicide, but also the joy of marriage and commitment, and a terrific new studio space for working through all these ideas. But not all the influences were strictly personal. Says Snax: "The events of 2016, generally the deaths of so many musicians, specifically Prince, not to mention the gloomy American political situation, affected me quite a lot."

But Snax counters with an album that takes all these themes and imbues them with a dose of hope. Shady Lights' seventeen tracks (including some strategically placed instrumental codas) swing and groove with confidence, filled with earworm choruses and slinky musical accompaniment, derived from influences as disparate as abstract pop, musique concrète, R&B, and punk rock. The puzzle process that guided the album is camouflaged by a sequence of distinct songs that flow together with purpose, sort of like life's unconnected events forming a whole. The title offers an additional clue, inspired by St. Hildegard von Bingen's visions of God that she referred to as 'the shade of the living light.' "I was puzzling over the title of this album," says Snax. "It should be something about carnality, spirituality, rediscovery, opposing yet united forces. And there it was. Shady Lights."
Among the album's many highlights are No Fakin', a futuristic love song flecked with broken percussion and layers of evocative vocals; the explosive and sinuous Final Hour, including lyrical cut-ups inspired by Snax's past adventures in employment; the low-down dark funk of Are You With Me? featuring Taylor Savey on a liquidy bass guitar; Two Souls, Snax's introspective ode to commitment and relationships; and Hands Dirty, inviting party goers to eschew their cell phones and social media in favor of real human connection. It's difficult to condense Shady Lights to just a few highlights as its 17 tracks intermingle as chapters in a compelling story ... the story of Snax, and life's trials and triumphs.

The funk throughout Shady Lights can't be ignored, but Snax's brand is a nod towards the sound's headier origins. "Funk music doesn’t get enough credit for being dark and abstract," says Snax. "One can hear this in my heroes’ music: Prince, Clinton, and Sly Stone. Angry, neurotic, mysterious; multifaceted as well as cathartic. That's the sound of Shady Lights."

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