Pretty Lights has finally released his new album A Color Map of the Sun. The album took over 2 years to make, one of which he spent composing and recording the music and vocals for, pulling in inspiration from music over the last century, with the album's title comes from the writings of Isaac Newton.
A Color Map of the Sun is released in 2 discs - the 13-song album, and a second album Live Sutdio Sessions from A Color map of the Sun, on vinyl and via iTunes, Beatport, Amazon and all other digital outlets.
The album's lead single "Around the Block," features Talib Kweli, but that's not all the album has in store for fans. Additional collaborations include Eric Krasno (Soulive), members of the Harlem Gospel Choir, Ben Jaffe (Preservation Hall Jazz band), the late "Uncle" Lionel Batiste, and Adam Deitch. The group of talented musicians helped to create the soulful vibe on A Color Map of the Sun.
Check out Derek Vincent Smith, AKA Pretty Lights, as he takes you through the making of his new album:
Pretty Lights will be supporting A Color Map of the Sun with a North American headlining tour, coming this fall. The tour kicks off on October 10th. Check out the schedule below. Locations for six "surprise performances" will be announced soon, including the venue for three nights in Chicago.
Pretty Lights – Upcoming Tour Dates
7/3 – Boston, MA @ Ocean Club
7/6 – Calgary, AB @ Badlands: Stampede Music Festival
7/20 – Thornville, OH @ All Good Music Festival
8/3 – Toronto, ON @ VELD Music Festival
8/4 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/9 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands 2013
8/10 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Festival
8/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/17 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/4-5 – New York, NY @ Rock the Bells
*10/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
*10/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
*10/12 – Nashville, TN @ Greer Stadium
*10/13 – SURPRISE PERFORMANCE
*10/16 – Auburn, AL @ Outdoor Arena
*10/18 – SURPRISE PERFORMANCE
*10/19 – SURPRISE PERFORMANCE
*10/22 – Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
*10/23 – SURPRISE PERFORMANCE
*10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
*10/25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
10/27 – Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
*10/29 – SURPRISE PERFORMANCE
*10/30 – Amherst, MA @ Mullins Center
*10/31 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Arena
*11/1 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
*11/2 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
*11/3 – SURPRISE PERFORMANCE
*11/7 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
*11/8 – Chicago, IL @ To Be Announced
*11/9 – Chicago, IL @ To Be Announced
*11/10 – Chicago, IL @ To Be Announced
*11/13 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
*11/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
**11/15 – Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Center
*11/16 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
*11/17 – Fargo, ND @ Concert Hall at The Venue
*11/20 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
*11/21 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
*11/22 – Seattle, WA @ Showare Center
*11/23 – Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
*11/27 – Reno, NV @ Summit Pavilion
* Ticket pre-sale begins July 9 at prettylightsmusic.com.
** Ticket pre-sale begins August 19 at prettylightsmusic.com; public on-sale begins August 23.
Pretty Lights will make his national TV debut on July 17th, performing "Around the Block" with Talib Kweli.