US producer L’Orange drops new single, ‘Durbin Was A Trap House’, alongside announcing a new instrumental studio album
Simultaneously a tribute to depression and wellness, L’Orange’s ‘The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better’ shows a musical and emotional growth from the North Carolina producer.
Tension is built, and released throughout the 23-track album. The album features guest narration from comedian Nish Kumar and Jeremy Scott (Cinema Sins) as well as musicians Marc Rebillet, Solemn Brigham (Marlowe), and Jeremiah Jae.
“When you’re growing up depressed, the world can feel like chaos. Then, sometimes you feel better and the world still feels like chaos.
But you feel better. And, one day, you realize that the world is the same as it always is but sometimes you feel better.”
The news talks about catastrophes that sound like science fiction: apartment towers collapsing with no warning, satellites falling from space, the ocean on fire. It’s an era of extremes, where each cataclysm seems to presage an even greater one, and only the truly exceptional––the superhuman––seem cut out to survive. What the new album from L’Orange, the prolific and endlessly inventive producer from North Carolina, argues is nearly the opposite.
Released on Mello Music Group, ‘The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better’ is a testament to the power of self knowledge and incremental progress, of the way tiny steps can give structure to life and help navigate the unknown.
For more than a decade now, L’Orange has dazzled listeners with his alchemic blends of old and new, found sounds and the deeply personal. Given how seamlessly he synthesizes his source materials, the end product can sound as if it came straight from the ether, fully formed.
But on ‘The World Is Still Chaos’, he aims to demystify that work, if only for himself. “I wanted to confront my own creative process and day-to-day wellbeing managing mental illness in a healthy way for the first time,” L’Orange says. “I’m trying to consider how to draw from my life experiences when my life experiences aren’t rooted in depression. It’s about continuing to struggle with balance while transitioning to being inspired by an external world.”
Dedicated to originality, L’Orange imbues his smoky, soul-soaked tracks with lush texture through inventive mixing and psychedelic cuts from classic radio recordings. A shopworn MPC and vintage vinyl are essentially paintbrush and palette for L’Orange. He finds his signature samples from pre-1950s jazz, soul and radio. He stitches together a sound that acknowledges his penchant for classic film noir and shadowy motifs.
L’Orange albums are often cinematic and narrative in structure, exemplifying the artist’s highly conceptual creative process. While L’Orange is an inspired beatmaker and highly capable producer, it is the perpetual search for beauty in the dark, unusual and forgotten corners of music that make him a true artist. Every L’Orange production is a unique, organic and undeniably original work of art, giving the listener a glimpse of the artist himself, even if obscured slightly by shadow.
L’Orange’s ‘The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better’ beat tape is now available to pre-order via all major digital service platforms