Pretty Lights has finally taken his analog show on the road! The making of his newest album, A Color Map of the Sun, involved an intense process of creating his own tracks, putting them on vinyl and then mixing it up into a dance party frenzy. The album has been out for a few months now and has been viewed as one of Pretty Lights’ most personal peices of work to date.
The making of A Color Map of the Sun was unprecedented. Derek Vincent Smith personally traveled around the country in search of the best musicians in the world of music. He then conducted them in the studio in order to produce the perfect sound for his tracks. Already knowing how he wanted each song to sound, he was able to tap into the raw talent of these musicians in order to create a perfect complement to his vision.
In a way it all makes sense, I mean a successful DJ is just a maestro who can access all his instruments with the tips of his fingers. Yet, I find there is always something lacking with the live show. Unless a DJ is straight up balls to the wall, the lights are usually the only visually stimulating element to the show. Well Pretty Lights already mastered the lighting aspect of his live sets and now he is finally ready to move forward into uncharted territory. It might be extremely risky, but a full band will be on the road with him this whole fall tour, that includes over 30 shows in less than two months! BOOM.
Hopefully this circus will be coming to a city near you because this PL tour is one for the books! Get your tickets HERE!
|Fri 10/11/13||St. Louis, MO||Chaifetz Arena|
|Sat 10/12/13||Nashville, TN||Greer Stadium|
|Wed 10/16/13||Auburn, AL||Auburn Arena|
|Fri 10/18/13||Miami, FL||Klipsch Amphitheater At Bayfront Park|
|Sat 10/19/13||Miami, FL||Klipsch Amphitheater At Bayfront Park|
|Tue 10/22/13||Columbia, SC||Township Auditorium|
|Thu 10/24/13||Atlanta, GA||The Tabernacle|
|Fri 10/25/13||Atlanta, GA||The Tabernacle|
|Sat 10/26/13||Las Vegas, NV||Downtown Las Vegas|
|Sun 10/27/13||Asheville, NC||ExploreAsheville.com Arena|
|Tue 10/29/13||Boston, MA||House Of Blues Boston|
|Wed 10/30/13||Amherst, MA||Mullins Center|
|Thu 10/31/13||Albany, NY||Times Union Center|
|Fri 11/01/13||Camden, NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Sat 11/02/13||Wallingford, CT||Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre|
|Sun 11/03/13||Los Angeles, CA||Los Angeles State Historic Park|
|Wed 11/06/13||Columbus, OH||Lifestyle Communities Pavilion|
|Thu 11/07/13||Detroit, MI||Masonic Temple Theatre|
|Fri 11/08/13||Chicago, IL||Aragon Ballroom|
|Sat 11/09/13||Chicago, IL||Aragon Ballroom|
|Wed 11/13/13||Louisville, KY||The Louisville Palace Theatre|
|Thu 11/14/13||Milwaukee, WI||Eagles Ballroom|
|Fri 11/15/13||Lincoln, NE||Pershing Center|
|Sat 11/16/13||Saint Paul, MN||Myth|
|Sun 11/17/13||Fargo, ND||The Venue|
|Wed 11/20/13||Missoula, MT||Adams Event Center|
|Thu 11/21/13||Spokane, WA||Knitting Factory Concert House|
|Fri 11/22/13||Kent, WA||ShoWare Center|
|Sat 11/23/13||Portland, OR||Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|Wed 11/27/13||Reno, NV||Grand Sierra Resort & Casino|
|Fri 11/29/13||San Francisco, CA||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
|Sat 11/30/13||San Francisco, CA||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium|
Download “A Color Map of the Sun” here for FREE!
Pretty Lights’ newest album, A Color Map of the Sun, just dropped and let me be the first to say that this is one high quality, groove pumping, tastefully produced record. The progression of the album makes the listener feel like they are on a journey through the human condition, experiencing every emotion possible through their spiral down the rabbit hole.
This album was made for vinyl with vinyl produced by Pretty Lights. In fact, it comes with a whole extra disc of bonus material that is just that: The raw vinyl cuts that were used to produce the tracks found on Color Map. Each cut was orchestrated by Colorado’s very own home grown, Derek Vincent Smith, the mastermind behind Pretty Lights, who collaborated with dozens of musicians from around the country to produce one of his most soulful pieces of art to date. If you dig music, you better dig soul music, and A Color Map of the Sun smacks you across the face with soul.
The album’s first two tracks, “Color of My Soul” and “Press Pause” pack a soulful punch before Color Map really starts to throw down his bone moving grooves with “Let’s Get Busy.” The combination of both horns as strings brings layer upon layer of energy and purpose to almost every track on the album, yet the snap crackle pop of the vinyl brings the element of raw sound full circle.
While at times the album seems to lack the hip-hop references we are so used to hearing at a PL live show, it is almost as if A Color Map of the Sun is a nod to hip hop’s roots. In fact, too literal of a hip hop reference could have damaged the integrity of an album so full of raw musical expression. Pretty Lights seems determined to show the good, bad, and downright scary side of his musical aesthetic. ”Go Down Sunshine”, “So Bright”, and “Dead Wrong” explore the depths of PL’s dark side. On the other end of the spectrum, “Yellow Bird” and “One Day They’ll Know” have a more relaxed, ethereal sound that seems to provide balance to the album. It takes guts to express these types of musical emotions and it is definitely not commonplace within this genre of music.
As with all of Pretty Lights tracks, you can download the entire album for free or it can be purchased through iTunes or Prettylightsmusic.com. As an independent artist, he has found great success by making his music available to everyone for free over the years (with only the suggestion of donation.) In order to provide a bit more incentive for fans to pay, PL is offering a variety pack of goodies in order to entice fans to open their checkbooks. Color Map vinyls, pins, t-shirts, bonus tracks, and a neat little book all about the album have nearly all sold out through pre order. Luckily, there is more swag being produced and record stores are currently stocking their shelves with LP, but I am sure they won’t last long.
PL made a sweet little video on the making of A Color Map of the Sun you can check out here!!!
The PL YouTube channel also has music videos for every track on the album, along with visual art to emphasize the overall concept that is “Pretty Lights.” Check out the playlist here.