Announces first album in 10 years ‘When the Lights Go’
‘A Dream I Have’ Club Tour continues including stops at Flash in DC, Red Rocks in Colorado, Grammy pre-party at Discopussy in Las Vegas, Do LaB stage at Coachella, Elsewhere in Brooklyn, Spybar in Chicago, and more.
Today Grammy nominated artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs releases a somber yet tantalizing new single ‘Blood In The Snow’, his first original release of 2022. The track marks a new chapter for the dynamic artist who has also announced his first album in a decade, ‘When the Lights Go’, due out later this year on his own label imprint Nice Age.
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‘Blood In The Snow’ is the opening to a look inside a deeply personal journey across a ten year period in time where it’s safe to say that, both personally and globally, life has been a lot. Recorded predominantly in Orlando’s studio in Los Angeles, ‘When the Lights Go’ is his first album since 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Trouble’. The new album marks a departure in sound, defined, of course, by the events of the last few years. Encompassing songwriting, ballads and a pop-centered aesthetic, it’s full of depth, feeling, storytelling and woe – presented in a compelling manner, as only he can.
Double bass and keyboards begin the song with a tense intro that changes course with Orlando’s haunting melodies after the one minute mark, the lyrics of ‘Blood In The Snow’ are gentle yet striking. Distorted synths bring way to the longing that can be heard in his delicate voice and come to a halting crescendo, saturated by layers of textures that crunch together. “This song is about melting glaciers and wanting a daughter, where to put love in this tailspin,” says Orlando about the track.
When the Lights Go is a substantial body of work, containing 17 tracks, representative of the duration between albums, “I feel grateful to know that there are people who are interested in more music from me. So I want to give them something significant in length”, he says. When the Lights Go also marks a shift into the pop domain, Orlando’s vocals take center stage with arrangements that complement the sadness in the songwriting.
Orlando remains an artist who stridently crisscrosses the worlds of live electronic and club oriented productions, with the latter defining the recently announced ‘A Dream I Have’ tour. The 22 date tour will include iconic venues such as Chicago’s Spybar and DC’s Flash, plus additional stops include Red Rocks Amphitheater, the DoLab Stage at Coachella, and more. The tour comes amidst Orlando’s Grammy nomination for his track ‘Heartbreak’ with Bonobo up for Best Dance/Electronic Recording this year. The ‘A Dream I Have’ tour will include a Grammy pre-party at Discopussy with infamous hedonistic LA institution A Club Called Rhonda in Las Vegas on April 2nd.
Although ‘When the Lights Go’ marks the first full length for Orlando, the pandemic era saw a prolific output from the artist including 2020’s ‘I Can Hear The Birds’ EP in which he used live field recordings of birds around the world to create a brilliant song cycle of instrumental music. 2021’s ‘The Distance’ EP followed, a euphoric, breakbeat influenced four-track release, showcasing Orlando’s delicate melody writing, expert lyricism and soothing voice. The EP’s lead single ‘A Dream I Have’ was followed by a recent re-shape by Damian Lazarus, casting a new sonic voyage with acid lead lines, haunting drum grooves, and ear catching bloops.
It has been a long, patient ride in the lead up to ‘When the Lights Go’. They say there’s no growth without pain, but it’s how you respond to that pain that makes all the difference. Orlando has chosen to use it as a catalyst on the path of positivity. Instigating shifts in his personal life that will, ultimately, reverberate out into the world and transmit ubiquitous positive energy, all of which will be heard across the 17 track release due out later this year.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs ‘A Dream I Have’ Tour
3/31/2022 – Flash. Washington, DC
4/1/2022 – Bloom Nightclub. San Diego, CA
4/2/2022 – Grammy Pre-Party. Discopussy . Las Vegas, NV
4/8/2022 – The Republic NOLA. New Orleans, LA
4/11/2022 – Mia Beach Club. Tulum Mexico
4/14/2022 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado
4/15/2022 – Sunbar. Tempe, AZ
4/16/2022 – It’ll Do. Dallas, TX
4/17/2022 – DoLab Stage @ Coachella. Indio,
4/21/2022 – Q Nightclub. Seattle, WA
4/22/2022 – The Public Works. San Francisco, CA
4/23/2022 – The Concourse Project. Austin, TX
4/24/2022 – Bauhaus. Houston, TX
4/28/2022 – It by Framework. Los Angeles, CA
4/29/2022 – Elsewhere. Brooklyn, New York USA
4/30/2022 – Spybar. Chicago, IL