Pretty Lights to play the House of Blues
After tackling the TD Garden last fall, Pretty Lights will deliver a more intimate show in Boston when he returns this October. The EDM favorite, born Derek Vincent Smith, will perform at the House of Blues on Tuesday, October 29 as he tours in support of his brand new album, A Color Map of the Sun. Tickets for the show, which will also feature openers Herobust and SuperVision, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation for $45 and $65.
A Color Map of the Sun, Pretty Light’s fourth full-length release and follow-up to 2009’s Passing by Behind Your Eyes, was released in July. It was his first album to be released physically and digitally simultaneously. The double-disc collection contains a standard 13-song album plus a second disc, Live Studio Sessions From a Color Map of the Sun.
Smith spent a year composing and recording music and vocals that emulated genres and time periods that spanned the last century, then pressed it to vinyl. He used that vinyl along with a custom built analog modular synth to create A Color Map of the Sun. The resulting album is described as analog electronica, while the second disc features the tracks straight off the vinyl acetates Smith used to create the album.
“By putting together different groups of musicians on a daily basis, different bands were formed with the purpose of playing styles from funk, soul and jazz, to folk, rock and classical. All the composition and sound design happened on the fly, in the moment, and with the single intention of creating amazing sounding music,” explained Smith in a press release. “I searched for vocalists that could take my lyrics and put their own incredible soul and emotion into them. I made beats for some of my favorite rappers in exchange for the ability to chop up the lyrics they wrote. It was a laborious yet immensely gratifying experiment that I could not be more proud of.”
A Color Map of the Sun was recorded in Brooklyn, New Orleans, at Pretty Lights’ studio in Denver and on the road in his tour bus studio. Adam Deitch played drums throughout the album. Eric Krasno (Soulive) and members of the Harlem Gospel Choir joined Pretty Lights in the studio in Brooklyn while the New Orleans sessions featured several local legends, including Ben Jaffe (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) and the late “Uncle” Lionel Batiste (Treme Brass Band), who contributed vocals to “Yellow Bird.” Talib Kweli contributes to the album’s lead single “Around The Block”.
The making of A Color Map of the Sun was captured in the documentary streaming below.