After two years the wait is over, Pretty Lights is coming out with a new album, “My new album is awesome. I’m really proud of it. It’s the first record I made without any vinyl samples,” he told Billboard in an interview backstage at Coachella.
Pretty Lights went on to say that he spent an entire year in studios across the country with over 50 musicians and vocalists to piece together his own vinyl collection. “I tried to emulate exactly how it would have been recorded in all these different time periods, [from] the 40s to the 70s, and pressed it all to vinyl. After the first year, I had a big stack of records that I could dig through and create an album from. It was close to the same way that I would approach it before but now the records were my own compositions instead of ones that I had dug and found at flea markets and record store”.
For this album Pretty Lights worked with a variety of people like The Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans and a bunch of old blues and soul singers from New Orleans. One person he worked with passed away a few months after working on the album, “It was really unfortunate, but he was an amazing character“.
Along with the new album Pretty Lights will be releasing a documentary to go along with the album, “It’s really cool because it shows all these characters that I worked with and composed music with and it’s pretty interesting.” In addition to the documentary, the album will feature a music video for every song. “This is the first time I’m actually releasing vinyls and CDs and stuff like that and the packaging. The record exists across all kinds of artistic medians”.
Though the album is set to be released in the summer, a song from the album will be released in the next few weeks.
Who’s ready for some new Pretty Lights?