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Sweet Lights

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Over the next two weeks we'll be highlighting the incredible live sessions featured on Simon Raymonde's Amazing Radio show. Former Cocteau Twin, head of indie label Bella Union and Amazing Radio presenter, Simon has invited some of the best new artists to his studio to play live. Amongst them are the hazy psychedelia of Pinkunoizu, Manchester's brightest hopes M O N E Y and today's feature Sweet Lights.

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Also known as Shai Halperin, he's been a major part of the Philadelphia music scene for many years now, with Sweet Lights being the latest in a fairly long line of musical reincarnations. Perhaps best recognised as leader of The Capitol Years, or due to his longstanding association with The War On Drugs; prolific writer and producer Shai Halperin's latest solo effort has been frequently referred to as a masterpiece in pop music.

The three tracks recorded in session for Simon Raymonde go some way to showing the diversity not only within his songwriting style but also his lyrical talent and skill at turning an array of musical influences into something completely unexpected.

Tracks such as the Ballad Of Kurt Vile #2 demonstrate the delicacy of his work, and by track three you become acutely aware of his ability to affect your mood with his music before you even realise that he has. Well worth a listen.

Check out more from Sweet Lights at his amazingtunes.com profile.