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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!  

 

The Wheels Are Coming Off

Nights on Venus

The new 2-song single for your summer soundtrack. Electronic surf-spy music on "Wheels", Erin Foley plays alto sax on "Lives".

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.

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Snow Day

Nights on Venus

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!

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.

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We Are All Haunted by Something

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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".

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 David Bowie, Published by Tintoretto Music and Screen Gems-EMI Music © 1977
© 2017 Excellent Sky Records / Nights on Venus Music / Craig C. Thomas. All rights reserved.

I think what we are most haunted by – even more so than our eventual demise in the physical – is time. Our perceptions of it, through the passage of time and we speak of its ravages (on the physical form), or when we feel like there’s never enough of it or alternately when we have too much of it on our hands. This is a "concept" album in that sense.

“There Is Only Now” was the first song I recorded for what would become this album. Shortly after that, Prince died on April 21st, 2016. I had no idea then that his death would have such an effect on me. It literally threw me, my thoughts, back in time to the summer of 1984 and a very intense experience for which his classic album “Purple Rain” would become the soundtrack. That was completely unexpected. Much of the new album was written and recorded during the time last year when I was revisiting a lot of memories and specific events from that summer 32, now 33, years ago now (e.g., “Ghost Towns of the 1980s”).

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Speed of Life

Nights on Venus

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.

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

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Unearthly

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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.

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.

The 2nd of 2 EPs released by Nights on Venus/Craig in 2015, "Unearthly" is quite a bit different than its predecessor, "Santos" - with its spiritual, quasi-religious overtones - released in July. Sonically, it's slightly more electronic, slightly more trip-hop, slightly more rock with a harder edge overall (check out "Lightning Trees") with an underlying/unifying theme. "Past the Tipping Point" references to (abrupt) climate change - as our earth, our home - the only one all of us will ever know - becomes more and more surreal and "Unearthly".

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