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Published: 2013/04/15

Pretty Lights Offers a Peek at His Next Album

Pretty Lights will release his new full-length album A Color Map of the Sun on July 2, 2013. In advance of the album’s release, Pretty Lights has made A Color Map of the Sun‘s first single, “Around the Block” available here. The track features Talib Kweli. The song is described as “a feel-good, summertime hip-hop jam. It’s all about slowing down and enjoying the best moments in life.”

Derek Vincent Smith, Pretty Lights’ mastermind, has also issued the following statement about his new album:

It has been 2 years, 5 months and 24 days since I last released a record. I am properly delighted to announce the release of my new full-length album “A Color Map of the Sun.” I began work on this album/project/experiment in February of 2011 and spent a year creating my own vinyl collection of everything I needed to produce the album I heard in my head. I spent the next year producing songs with homemade vinyl samples and a big crazy analog synth I built just for this album. It is truly Analog Electronica. It’s soulful electro hip-hop that went back in time to learn from the life of its smooth ass grandparents.

Fans can pre-order A Color Map of the Sun on vinyl, double-disc CD or various merchandise bundles here. The album will be available for download at no cost here.

A Color Map of the Sun

Color Of My Soul
Press Pause
Let’s Get Busy
Around The Block
Yellow Bird
Go Down Sunshine
So Bright
Vibe Vendetta
Done Wrong
One Day They’ll Know
Always All Ways
My Only Hope

Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun

Reel 15 Break 5
Reel 5 Break 3
Reel 9 Break 6
Reel 11 Break 2
Reel 6 Break 4
Reel 8 Break 2
Reel 18 Session 1
Reel 17 Break 4
Reel 4 Break 3
Reel 12 Break 2
Reel 6 Break 5
Reel 3 Break 3
Reel 7 Break 1


There are 2 comments associated with this post

Randy April 16, 2013, 09:14:14

HURRAH for free music! pretty lights is awesome

CircleLimit April 16, 2013, 12:10:22

I saw Adam Deitch in that vid! Although this genre isn’t something I listen to with any regularity I respect Derek’s approach here. That is an authentic method of getting the best sounds for a record.

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