City Light is the collaborative electronic/indie rock project of singer/songwriter Matt Shaw and producer Nick Andre. The act originally began as a long-distance audio project with the-then Seattle, WA-based Shaw and the San Francisco, CA-based Andre collaborating electronically with the assistance of friends including Andy Fitts (Airport Cathedral/Aqueduct) and Marc Bianchi (Her Space Holiday). The duo’s 2010 debut, Burned Out Bright won national attention when Filter Magazine named the band as one of their “Undiscovered Bands of the Month." In 2011 Matt moved to San Francisco to give City Light full attention. Since then the band has toured with Her Space Holiday, done spot dates with A.C. Newman and Holy Fuck, and contributed post-production to How To Dress Well’s album, Love Remains. Memory Guide is the follow up to their critically well-received debut, and on the album’s first single "Sweet Death,” you’ll hear Shaw’s finely crafted lyrics which describe a world wearying sadness – “Sweet death is not your mistress yet,” he sings at one point. And it’s backed by guitar, and electronic beeps, bloops and other assorted noises. In their sound, I hear the strains of Death Cab for Cutie but with a subtle playfulness underneath the moroseness.
With their 2013 album, Memory Guide, the band has reached new heights. Combining Nick Andre’s hip-hop influenced, electronic-based indie-rock production with the poetic lyrics and hook-laden vocals of Matt Shaw has created a sound that is reminiscent of electro-pop giants The Flaming Lips, The Notwist, and The Postal Service, yet at the same time, is inarguably original.