Sunshine Nights is a New York City based Americana-roots songwriting partnership between Amy Priya and Stephen Sunshine. Their songs evoke a charming union of styles, a dichotomy of the old and new, indie-folk sentiment blended with old time blues, bluegrass and a tinge of traditional jazz.
“The world will holler back if we stick around,” sings Stephen Sunshine on the song MTA, ushering in the main theme and title on Sunshine Nights's latest full length release. They have independently produced If We Stick Around on their label, Wake Up Records. On this new record, performances are in quartet format. They enlist the talent of drummer Pitti Andrade, who has performed on two of their previous records, as well as numerous live shows. They also worked for the first time on record with banjo, organ, piano player and vocalist Kayla Radomski.
In creating this record, songwriting duo Amy Priya and Stephen Sunshine took major influence from musical greats like Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Townes Van Zandt and Mississippi John Hurt, as well as classical Indian and Tibetan texts such as Patanjali Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Bardo Thodol. Stephen recalls, “We basically started writing this record in a bar on November 8th 2016. There was such a heavy feeling of sorrow across our entire city, and the world as a whole. We are both naturally empathetic people, and we took on that weight. Friendship, civil disobedience, and making this record have kept us afloat in this trying time. The world has recently been thrown into a constant state of paranoia, so much so that making a concept album about the end of the world miraculously became a source of healing.”
Marty's review: I'm ecstatic about Sunshine Nights' new album release "If We Stick Around". It sees them in a very creative mood and expanding their musical horizons to places beyond their native New York. They take their indie-folk roots style and stretch the sound further by adding elements of world music, jazz, roots blues and "city" bluegrass. Also in the mix are two new members that enhance the overall production by incorporating extra instrumentation that adds to the folk duo's acoustic style and makes it much more of a "band" effort. The sublime harmonies are exquisite and their songwriting has matured dramatically as they express their feelings about our current troubled times and how we envision the delicate state of our future. There are also some very "tongue in cheek" moments that bring you back to earth and open your eyes again with a more encouraging outlook. Emotionally-rich, accomplished and very satisfying, this is a major step forward for Amy and Stephen.
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