Pretty Lights, the nu-jazz electronica project of Derek Vincent Smith, is back with a video for his new track "Only Yesterday," marking the producer's first new music since 2013's Grammy-nominated album A Color Map of the Sun. Additionally, the electro-soul pioneer announced via his newly renovated website that in addition to a few other upcoming tour dates he will be hosting a camping festival in Telluride, Colo. this Aug. 26 and 27.
"Only Yesterday" packs in all the elements of Pretty Lights' signature sound, picking up right where the producer left off with A Color Map of the Sun. The uplifting track features soulful vocals, hip-hop influenced beats and grooving sample work.
Directed by Ryan Berena, the video was shot on location in Telluride and alternates between summer scenes of the idyllic Colorado countryside, shots of Smith performing with his live band, and crowds of fans dancing beneath the myriad lazers of the producer's infamous lightshow. The visual clip also serves as a recap video for last year's inaugural Pretty Lights camping festival.
The Analog Future Band, which has been performing as Pretty Lights' live band since 2013, continues to support Smith on the new track. In addition to the usual all-star lineup featuring Break Science and Lettuce band members Adam Deitch (drums), Borahm Lee (keys), Eric Bloom (trumpet) and Eric Krasno (guitar) as well as Brian Coogan (keys), Chris Karns (turntables) and Scott Flynn (trombone), the new track boasts a special guest appearance from longtime collaborator Michal Menert.
"Only Yesterday" debuted at Red Rocks last year, This Song Is Sick reports. Watch the video for the long-awaited recorded version of the track below.
In a note accompanying the new video, Smith stated: "'Only Yesterday' is a track trying to express something very honest about how it can feel like an ongoing struggle to truly be yourself. The video is a piece of cinematic nostalgia, and an effort to collectively acknowledge how important it can be for an individual to find meaningful connection with their FRIENDS."
The new song and video come a week after the producer puzzled fans with several cryptic messages posted across social media channels, Dancing Astronaut reports. The posts included an image of a cassette tape, quotes about light from Stanley Kubrick and scientist Nikola Tesla and a selfie captioned with "I'm no longer satisfied making 'music' to 'release' on 'albums.' Different is coming."
I'm no longer satisfied making "music" to "release" on "albums”. Different is coming. pic.twitter.com/4NO6FSsyDe
— PL (@PrettyLights) February 28, 2016