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On July 2, 2013, not one but two new Pretty Lights albums were released: A Color Map of the Sun and its essential companion, Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun. The first PL efforts to be sold commercially after a series of acclaimed free-download albums and EPs, the Color Map project represents a turning point in Pretty Lights mastermind Derek Vincent Smith’s artistic growth. A self-professed “sample collage” artist, Smith decided it was time to create his own. “Before, I’d combine 25 samples into one song,” he explains. “This time, I was going to create my own original sources, retaining the timbre that spans the great musical era of the last century – from modern classical and jazz, to ‘60s soul and beyond.”

This idea sent Smith into an intensely laborious, obsessive, ambitious creative process. Where so much of today’s music is created entirely “in the box” using digital plug-ins, Smith went totally analog – recording musicians direct to tape (including himself on bass, keys, and modular synths), using authentic vintage instruments, pressing the results onto vinyl. He then fashioned those sounds into two visionary works. A Color Map… finds Smith taking Pretty Lights’ trademark combo of gritty, crate-digging hip-hop, speaker-shredding digital thump, and instrumentally-based psychedelia to new heights over 13 songs – from the dancefloor-ready yet kaleidoscopically abstract “Prophet” to the syncopated funk of the Talib Kweli-driven single “Around The Block.” Live Studio Sessions…, meanwhile, boils down the raw material used to create the tracks on A Color Map…, reducing 30 minute jams into 4 minute breaks. It’s all part of the multifaceted creativity that the albums’ titles suggest – a reference to a 1670s-era essay by Isaac Newton describing the experiments that led to his discovery of visible light’s color spectrum. “What Newton evoked I found especially poetic and beautiful,” Smith explains. “It fit what the name ‘Pretty Lights’ is supposed to embody – the idea of an artistic eye always looking at the world, searching for beauty and new inspiration.”

All Pretty Lights music is available for free download at http://prettylightsmusic.com

Pretty Lights   Derek Vincent Smith, Denver, United States

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  • Lost And Found / Lost And Found (ODESZA Remix) 2 tracks, 10.12 Pretty Lights on March 04, 2014 22:20

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    1. 1. Lost and Found 5.33 251951 plays
    2. 2. Lost and Found (ODESZA Remix) 4.38 770566 plays
  • A Color Map of the Sun Remixes 16 tracks, 1.10.39 Pretty Lights on November 25, 2013 19:03

    1. 1. Around The Block feat. Talib Kweli (Datsik Remix) 4.13 133431 plays
    2. 2. One Day They'll Know (ODESZA Remix) 4.20 364949 plays
    3. 3. Done Wrong (Opiuo Remix) 4.58 130139 plays
    4. 4. Always All Ways (SuperVision Remix) 4.35 90025 plays
    5. 5. Let's Get Busy (heRobust Remix) 3.41 83901 plays
    6. 6. Color Of My Soul (Paul Basic Remix) 4.10 60956 plays
    7. 7. My Only Hope (Blood Diamonds Remix) 6.14 67529 plays
    8. 8. Press Pause (Free n Losh Remix) 3.58 49700 plays
    9. 9. Vibe Vendetta (GRiZ Remix) 4.28 86572 plays
    10. 10. Yellow Bird (Michal Menert Remix) 3.34 67602 plays
    11. 11. Where I'm Trying To Go (Marvel Years Remix) 5.50 44520 plays
    12. 12. One Day They'll Know (Break Science Remix) 3.34 41831 plays
    13. 13. Sweet Long Life (Eliot Lipp Remix) 4.54 40064 plays
    14. 14. Prophet (Culprate Remix) 4.44 33711 plays
    15. 15. Go Down Sunshine (12th Planet Remix) 3.57 35765 plays
    16. 16. All I've Ever Known (Two Fresh Remix) 3.20 39170 plays
    1. 1. Color Of My Soul 6.08 264651 plays
    2. 2. Press Pause 4.49 183141 plays
    3. 3. Let's Get Busy 3.52 155202 plays
    4. 4. Around The Block feat. Talib Kweli 4.15 515367 plays
    5. 5. Yellow Bird 5.40 219245 plays
    6. 6. Go Down Sunshine 5.05 109011 plays
    7. 7. So Bright feat. Eligh 5.51 134653 plays
    8. 8. Vibe Vendetta 5.24 111322 plays
    9. 9. Done Wrong 6.35 98011 plays
    10. 10. Prophet 5.56 101597 plays
    11. 11. One Day They'll Know 6.59 80024 plays
    12. 12. Always All Ways 5.32 76975 plays
    13. 13. My Only Hope 4.52 91237 plays
    14. 14. Where I'm Trying To Go (Bonus Track) 5.49 74175 plays
    15. 15. All I've Ever Known (Bonus Track) 3.53 87400 plays
    16. 16. Sweet Long Life (Bonus Track) 5.33 102310 plays
    17. 17. Reel 15 Break 5 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.36 112014 plays
    18. 18. Reel 5 Break 3 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.37 48843 plays
    19. 19. Reel 9 Break 6 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.18 43000 plays
    20. 20. Reel 11 Break 2 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 2.56 39338 plays
    21. 21. Reel 6 Break 4 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.05 39306 plays
    22. 22. Reel 8 Break 2 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 2.30 47031 plays
    23. 23. Reel 18 Session 1 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.55 26411 plays
    24. 24. Reel 17 Break 4 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.06 38547 plays
    25. 25. Reel 4 Break 3 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.32 41539 plays
    26. 26. Reel 12 Break 2 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.34 23871 plays
    27. 27. Reel 6 Break 5 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.47 31062 plays
    28. 28. Reel 3 Break 3 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.00 28874 plays
    29. 29. Reel 7 Break 1 - Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun 3.09 75017 plays
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  • Pretty Lights - Playlist 16 tracks, 1.33.16 Pretty Lights on March 13, 2012 18:36

    1. 1. Around The Block (feat. Talib Kweli) - Datsik Remix 4.13 116460 plays
    2. 2. Color Of My Soul 6.08 264651 plays
    3. 3. Yellow Bird 5.40 219245 plays
    4. 4. Prophet 5.56 101597 plays
    5. 5. Pretty Lights - Halloween Funtime REMIXMONSTRousMASHup 4.58 176119 plays
    6. 6. Pretty Lights - So Bright 5.56 347844 plays
    7. 7. You Get High 4.20 224750 plays
    8. 8. I Know The Truth 4.48 668530 plays
    9. 9. Pretty Lights vs Radiohead vs Nirvana vs NIN 5.15 290772 plays
    10. 10. Hot Like Sauce Rustified Remix 7.01 150742 plays
    11. 11. High School Art Class 8.52 229706 plays
    12. 12. Sunday School 6.31 80160 plays
    13. 13. Total Fascination 5.15 164750 plays
    14. 14. The Time Has Come 6.03 151100 plays
    15. 15. Out Of Time 5.23 67835 plays
    16. 16. I Can See It In Your Face 6.48 215763 plays

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