“Rainbows and Waterfalls” have dropped on all the digital networks, and the official video is already posted, too. Don’t miss this y’all, this is Derek Vincent Smith doing what he does absolutely better than anyone else in the game right now. How genius is using “Strawberry Letter 23” as the foundation here…. WOW.
About the video…
LETTER 22 is a story of the positivity that underscores all movement towards progress and enlightenment, no matter how many obstacles stand in the way.
It is the story of a pure force of will, hidden somewhere out there, that is dedicated to revealing evolutionary truths to this universe in a systematic way.
It is the story of a visitor from another place, charged with delivering an enigmatic message; a wandering guardian, protecting a civilization that rejects the sun; and a being watching over it all, orchestrating its rhythms.
LETTER 22 is also the story of all of us, who have each, at one time or another, felt ourselves to be in possession of knowledge or insight that appears an innate, universal truth to us, but is callously dismissed by others. In such moments, it is easy to feel as though you truly are from a different planet, governed by a different sense of logic and order than this one, which used to feel so familiar.
However, in such moments we also find ourselves at a crossroads – a point in spacetime where we must choose to either succumb to these tribulations, or overcome them, and let those triumphs fuel the continued search for others who are also willing to open their eyes to another point of view.
Here’s some more about the track from the source…
“Rainbows and Waterfalls” finds Derek Vincent Smith-aka Pretty Lights-doing what he does best: blending the smooth sounds of old school funk and hip-hip with a next generation style that defies categorization. Shuggie Otis’ 1971 classic “Strawberry Letter 23” sets the foundation for the new track, which marks Pretty Lights’ first release since “Only Yesterday” dropped in March 2016. As a solo effort, it also represents a return to form for the Grammy-nominated producer, who Rick Rubin once called “the face and voice of the new American electronic music scene.”
Smith may have a well-deserved reputation for innovation in the studio, but his fresh approach to music has always been equally potent on stage. With the Pretty Lights Live project, he’s found a way to turn his electronic music shows into fully improvisational experiences like no other. It’s a unique vision that he brings to life with the help of Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), Chris Karns (turntables), Borahm Lee (keys) and Brandon Butler (keys) – a stellar group of musicians who have backed him in concert since the summer of 2016. Taking cues from early jazz musicians, Smith and his band make sure every performance is a unique adventure by injecting a healthy dose of improv into the equation. No song ever sounds the same twice.
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Although the Island of Light festival needed to get cancelled, the show must go on and PL is raising money for Puerto Rico at his shows. Catch the next four shows as part of his Midwest run for New Year’s Eve.
PRETTY LIGHTS LIVE NEW YEAR’S RUN
December 28: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ Too Many Zooz)
December 29: Detroit, MI – The Fillmore (w/ SoDown)
December 30: Minneapolis, MN – Snowta
December 31: Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore (w/ Jade Cicada)