Sun Casts A Shadow

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Emily Fairlight & Shifting Sands
Sun Casts A Shadow

[ Fishrider Records / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 8 July 2022

"We never meant it to result in an album. Before the tour we'd been working tirelessly on Emily's solo record, both putting huge amounts of time and effort into meticulous details, which was totally appropriate for that album - and it sounds beautiful, I might add. We went to throw down a song or two at Manny's and got on a roll. I think after making heavily layered sonic pop albums with the Sands, where I'd hide behind my songs with layers of guitars and synths and bury my vocals for fear of embarrassment, I wanted to get past that, to feel okay about my songs as they stand. This album sounds like Emily Fairlight and Mike McLeod playing in your lounge. Most performances were nailed first-take - we finished nine songs in two days. It feels like a complete work that perfectly captures a special moment. I'm really proud of it."

Fairlight adds:

"When I first listened to The Shifting Sands, I could hear a similar style in our songwriting. Then Mike and I started playing and touring together, so this colab album felt like a natural progression for our musical relationship. I haven't done much collaborative work, so was pleased to fall into this album almost by mistake. The songs' raw, 'stripped-back' form is mildly daunting for us both but hey, that's the sound of some of my favourite artists, so we hope you'll enjoy the songs in their purest state."

Sun Casts a Shadow is a stripped-down, timeless blend of Fairlight and McLeod's songs, voices and guitars. Fairlight's material carries the weight of experience, with McLeod's harmony vocals and guitar adding colours from The Shifting Sands' South Pacific Cosmic Rock palette to these vignettes of heartbreak and hope, while Fairlight's voice brings character and a spectral quality to The Shifting Sands' songs.

With a pandemic devastating the international tour-scape in 2020, Emily's prolific writing continued back in NZ and another album has been recorded, showcasing a broader sonic palette and the continued maturing of Emily's songcraft.

In the way that In The Pines marked a kind of unpressured bookend to the Triffids' auspicious beginnings, before they took their next, bold, step, Sun Casts a Shadow is a quietly intriguing bridge between Fairlight's past and future; a chapter in a story with many more to come.


1. Head Above
2. Desert Love
3. Get Through This
4. WIT
5. Borderline
6. Every Doomed Wife
7. Summer Sun
8. Get You
9. Defences

Get Through This