Apr
16

(This Is Why) Everybody Loves Derek: The Pretty Lights Documentary

By Caroline  //  News, Tracks  //  1 Comment

Normally this is the part of the program where I summarize why a particular song or artist is awesome, but genius-thug Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights has done that and then some – oh and then he made a movie about it.

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There really is no end to the creative machine that is DVS. For the forthcoming record that has been over two years in the making, Smith wanted to make something “modern with gear that existed 40 years ago.” Armed with everything from the Middle-Eastern sounds of a sitar to the crank of a music box, this new album doesn’t just have our attention – it demands it. From the hooded soul man who is always keen on a fresh approach, the making of A Color Map of the Sun is going to be a music documentary with big, big impact.

I leave you with the man himself to tell you about the project:

This is the first time I am releasing an album as a physical product at the same time as a digital version. I have double disc CDs and full length vinyl records available with amazing hard cover book packaging that looks stunning and contains a 28 page photo booklet documenting much of the making of the album. The second disc of the double CD set contains 13 additional tracks straight off the vinyl acetates that I composed and created in order to make legit sounding samples for A Color Map of The Sun.

Like always, the album will be available in its entirety as a free download on the album’s release date via prettylightsmusic.com. For the first time however, I encourage you to purchase a copy of the album. There are two honest reasons for this. The main reason is that as an artist I have always reinvested any success I have directly back into the music, the show and the art that goes along with it. Secondly, this isn’t just an album; it is a massive collection of music beyond what is on the CDs that I will continue to put out after the album release. There is an insightful documentary film on the making of this project to be released alongside the launch of the album, as well as a music video for every song. They are all beautiful and uniquely unusual pieces of art.

This “album” is a multi-medium map of my mind and my self. It is personal and honest and I put everything into it. I have stayed on the path of being a completely independent musician and with the help of every supporter and friend, we have transformed a simple idea into a movement, a cultural beacon of light. If you can, I encourage you to purchase a digital or physical copy of A Color Map of the Sun. If not simply support by sharing the music and sharing the idea. If there is any success to be had from this album, it will go back into my rule bending, never ending quest to channel beauty and taste through music and art.

Either way, I made this music for everyone. Support this release and let’s show the world how we do. The time is now. – Derek Vincent Smith

 

   

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