The Wheels Are Coming Off

by Nights on Venus

Released 2018
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2018
Excellent Sky Records
The new 2-song single for your summer soundtrack. Electronic surf-spy music on "Wheels", Erin Foley plays alto sax on "Lives".
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Produced and Engineered by Craig Carrington Thomas
Recorded and Mixed at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado, February-March, 2018
Nights on Venus is: Craig Carrington Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming
Erin Foley - alto sax on "Our Alternate Lives"

Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California, May, 2018

Cover design by CCT
All songs written by Craig Carrington Thomas
© 2018 Excellent Sky Records / Nights on Venus Music / Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.

Snow Day

by Nights on Venus

Released 2017
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2017
Excellent Sky Records
Just in time for a long lustrous winter. Two (mostly) electronic pieces, including the title track, and a trip back in time to the late 1960s / early 70s, recorded during the "We Are All Haunted..." sessions. Here's to lots of snow - Happy New Year 2018!
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Official release date 23 December 2017
Produced and Engineered by Craig Carrington Thomas
Recorded and Mixed at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado, Dec., 2016-Jan., 2017
Nights on Venus is: Craig Carrington Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming

Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California, December, 2017

Cover photo and design by CCT
All songs written by Craig Carrington Thomas
© 2017 Excellent Sky Records / Nights on Venus Music / Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.

We Are All Haunted by Something

by Nights on Venus

Released 2017
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2017
Excellent Sky Records
The 5th full-length album from NoV is again all instrumental, part chill-out, more electronic, some uptempo, and arguably the most melodic and musically diverse NoV album recorded to date. Includes the cover of David Bowie's "Speed of Life".
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Official release date 23 July 2017
Produced and Engineered by Craig Carrington Thomas
Recorded and Mixed at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado, April, 2016 - June, 2017
Nights on Venus is: Craig Carrington Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming

Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California, July, 2017

Cover photo and design by CCT, night sky background with permission from Justin Marsh
All songs written by Craig Carrington Thomas, except "Speed of Life", written by …
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Speed of Life

by Nights on Venus

Released 2016
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2016
Excellent Sky Records
The new 2-song single, “Speed of Life”, is a cover of the classic David Bowie instrumental from his 1977 album “Low", plus a new original. Both songs will appear on NoV’s next full-length album scheduled for release in 2017.
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Recording information: "Speed of Life" and "Confirm Humanity (I'm Not a Robot)" were recorded in July and August, 2016, at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado
Craig Carrington Thomas - all instruments, programming, engineering and production
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California, September, 2016
Cover artwork by CCT

Unearthly

by Nights on Venus

Released 2015
Excellent Sky
Released 2015
Excellent Sky
The 2nd of 2 EPs released by Nights on Venus/Craig in 2015, this 6-song collection continues in the vein of ethereal, atmospheric pop/rock instrumentals that NoV is known for with more of a rock edge.
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Official release date 30 December 2015
Produced and Engineered by Craig C. Thomas
Recorded and Mixed at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado, August - November, 2015
Nights on Venus is: Craig "Professor" Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming

Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California

Cover photo and design by CCT
All songs written by Craig C. Thomas
© 2015 Excellent Sky Records / Nights on Venus Music / Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.

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Santos

by Nights On Venus

Released 2015
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2015
Excellent Sky Records
This uplifting 4-song EP is a further exploration of the ethereal, atmospheric pop/rock instrumentals that NoV is known for with a little more punch added this time. Features the ballad "For All the Afterthoughts".
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Official release date 08 July 2015
Produced and Engineered by Craig C. Thomas
Recorded and Mixed at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado, February-June, 2015
Nights on Venus is: Craig "Professor" Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming

Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California

Cover artwork - "St. George Slays the Dragon", photo of stained glass window from St. George's Hall, Liverpool, UK
Cover Design by CCT
All songs written by Craig C. Thomas
© 2015 …
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Perspective

by Nights On Venus

Released 2014
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2014
Excellent Sky Records
The 4th album from Nights on Venus is a heady mix of rock/pop instrumentals with a distinct jazz influence and just the right amount of otherworldly atmosphere. Includes the remake of Kool and the Gang's classic “Summer Madness”.
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Official release date 21 December 2014
Produced and Engineered by Craig C. Thomas
Recorded and Mixed at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado
Nights on Venus is: Craig "Professor" Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming
Erin Foley - Alto sax on "(A Higher) Perspective"
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California

Album design & artwork by Craig
All songs written by Craig C. Thomas, except "Summer Madness", written by Alton Taylor / Dennis Thomas / Claydes …
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Impermanence

by Nights On Venus

Released 2014
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2014
Excellent Sky Records
"Impermanence," the new single/advance track from Nights on Venus' forthcoming album "Perspective", is a further exploration into ethereal pop/jazz instrumental territory.
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Recording information:
"Impermanence" was recorded in June, 2014 at the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado,
Craig C. Thomas - all instruments, engineering and production
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California

Think of impermanence as simply constant change... All things in perspective.

Summer Madness

by Nights On Venus

Released 2014
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2014
Excellent Sky Records
Smooth, atmospheric, hypnotic, elegant, and ethereal are all words that have been used to describe the instrumental music of Nights on Venus and the new release - a remake of Kool and the Gang's classic instrumental, "Summer Madness" - is no exception.
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"Summer Madness" was originally recorded by Kool and the Gang and can be found on their album "Light Of Worlds" from 1974. What I've tried to do in covering this song is retain the feel and vibe of the original while offering up my own take on this classic on its 40th anniversary with the addition of piano and vibes. First of all, I've always loved this song and in recording it, I've stayed as close …
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Another Day in Paradox

by Nights On Venus

Released 2013
Excellent Sky Records
Released 2013
Excellent Sky Records
13 Indie/Ether rock instrumentals on everyday life and life in the American West. Less ambient, more uptempo pop/rock than its predecessors, but still spacy with plenty of surf guitar twang, electronica, and touches of jazz. Perfect for long road trips.
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Official release date 18 June 2013
Produced and Engineered by Craig C. Thomas
Recorded and Mixed at the Mancave Recording Studio, Golden, Colorado, from June - December, 2012
Nights on Venus is: Craig "Professor" Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, California
Front cover photograph: "Speer Tunnel" by Rob Hurst
Album design & artwork by Craig
Additional photos by JR Claiborn, Erin Foley, iWitness, Denver Post
All songs written by …
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In 4 the Evening

by Nights On Venus

Released 2012
Excellent Sky
Released 2012
Excellent Sky
Genre-blurring and slightly more uptempo and stylistically diverse than NoV's debut, "In 4 the Evening" is the second album of relaxing, chillout, ether rock instrumentals from Nights on Venus...
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In 4 the Evening
Produced and Engineered by Craig C. Thomas for Excellent Sky Productions (ESP)
Nights on Venus is: Craig "Professor" Thomas - keyboards, guitars, bass and programming
Mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, CA
Recorded and mixed between July, 2011 and April, 2012 at Excellent Sky Mobile Recorders, Dallas, TX, Golden, CO, Raton, NM, and the 'Cave Recording Studio, Golden, CO
Front cover photograph by Noel Kerns
All songs written by Craig C. …
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Nights on Venus

by Nights on Venus

Released 2011
Excellent Sky
Released 2011
Excellent Sky
Dense atmospheric, hypnotic, ethereal, cinematic instrumentals.... rich landscapes of sound that combine elements of ambient music and down tempo rock.
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Nights on Venus is: Craig Thomas - keyboards, guitar, programming, and production
The album was recorded and mixed at Excellent Sky Mobile Recorders in Lakewood, CO and Dallas, TX from October, 2010 to May, 2011
Mastering by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering, Huntington Beach, CA
Cover photograph by Noel Kerns
All songs written by Craig C. Thomas
© 2011 Excellent Sky Records / Nights on Venus Music / Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.

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Nights on Venus News

Hello and welcome to the official site for Nights on Venus. Here you can find the latest news on what I'm up to these days, updated on a weekly basis. 

5/12/2019: Well, not quite on a weekly basis... We're into May now. Happy Mother's Day!... and hope everyone is having a great Sunday and weekend.

New song up on SoundCloud, the mastered demo for "Moon of the Bird" which features the Novachord virtual synth and "Lina", the new guitar - a Backlund Katalina. Much more electronic, as is the entire album in progress. But "Moon of the Bird"... what does that mean?

The story of how this song came to be titled goes back to a Saturday afternoon in the legendary Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen and a flyer that was stapled on one of the wooden posts in there. Erin (Shmoopy) said something about the band flyer, "what is that?... moon of the bird?" and I leaned in and looked at it closely and said, "Oh, it's Wounded Bird", but the title stuck 'cause we both thought it was kind of funny. No, we were not smoking anything beforehand. So here you go... this one's for you Wounded Bird, whoever you are.

Currently I'm working on my upcoming 6th full-length album, "Late Night Meditations In/On Suburbia", which is slated for release later this year. I'm shooting for November.

On the home page you'll find the SoundCloud player with excerpts and mastered demos of some of the completed songs that will be on the album as it starts coming together. 

The playlist above is powered by CD Baby as is the Music page and you can find all of Nights on Venus' music there, available for download. Along with other online music sources, such as Apple iTunes and Amazon MP3, and Bandcamp. Streaming as well... (Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music).

This playlist features 16 songs from NoV which serve as a good introduction to my music - a sort of "greatest hits" compilation so to speak... so far.

And hey, thanks for stopping by!