How does one go about approaching a Pretty Lights album? Derek Vincent Smith’s music is like none other, it requires you to free yourself of your surroundings and delve into the music. The musical immersion provided by Pretty Lights’ music is unparalleled. Layers upon layers of notes, sounds and instruments flow into one and create a musical experience unlike any other.

His latest work, A Color Map of the Sun, is everything we have come to expect from Pretty Lights. The album is just purely genius. Bass grooves meld seamlessly with lead horns which cascade into brilliantly distorted vocals and soft guitars. In listening, you can tell that the tracks are strategically placed to take you on a musical journey.

For those of you that don’t know, Pretty Lights releases all his music for free on his site. When downloading, there is an area in which you can donate, and I encourage you to do so as it costs a lot of money and time to create an album. You can visit the Pretty Lights website and download the album HERE.

Also, Pretty Lights has announced his Fall tour across North America. The six “surprise performances” will be announced shortly. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for ticket information.

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.