Sweet Lights is the newest endeavour of Philadelphia’s Shai Halperin. His self-titled album under the Sweet Lights moniker is out now in the UK and Europe and released stateside on September 18th 2012.
Shai cut his teeth as the leader of The Capitol Years. The journey morphed from a bedroom pop experiment into a five-piece band that saw War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel and David Hartley spending time as Capitol Years members, and Shai playing guitar alongside Kurt Vile and Granduciel in an early War On Drugs line-up. The Capitol Years toured the US extensively supporting the likes of The Walkmen, the Pixies and Daniel Johnston. Shai’s cover version of Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End" lead to a close working relationship with the legendary outsider artist.
Shai began to feel a creative urge to start anew with a new name and a new identity. Having played every instrument on the first two Capitol Years albums, it made poetic sense for Sweet Lights to debut with Shai doing so again.
The fruits of his labour are now ours to relish and share. Sweet Lights, Sweet Lights is a masterful mixture of dynamic, genre-bending song craft, innovative arrangements and surreal, poignant lyricism.
You can see Sweet Lights on the main stage at End Of The Road Festival (North Dorset, UK) on Sunday 2nd September 2012.