To say that we have been waiting for another LP from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is an understatement. It has been a full ten years since the producer’s debut album, Trouble, was released. Don’t get us wrong, though- Orlando (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) has kept busy in the last decade with a plethora of impressive collaborations (including his most recent single with The Knocks) as well as various solo EPs and singles. Returning to the album club with his sophomore LP When The Lights Go, we couldn’t be more pleased with what Orlando has been able to offer. And yes, though painful, it was worth the wait.
Though existing within the scope of what would traditionally be considered “electronic music,” Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs forges a positively unique sound that defies the boundaries of genre. When the Lights Go is a blissfully enjoyable listening experience from front to back, full of soft ballads, upbeat funk grooves, and synth escapades. Through the listeners’ journey, the producer’s own vocals anchor each song with hook after hook. The intimate “Forever” brings Orlando’s deeply personal lyrics to the forefront, exploding into a lively instrumental which is yet again greeted by his delicate vocal tone. On the other end of the spectrum comes “Sound & Rhythm,” which screams of underground influence as the instrumental oozes with dance-floor energy. There is so much to explore within this album, and we are only scratching the surface.
Orlando of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs shared his thoughts on the album, commenting:
This music is about love and the end of the world. I wouldn’t recommend a ten year gap between albums to anyone, but somehow it’s still been worth it for me. I’m very grateful to the people who have nudged and encouraged me along the way, and to the listeners who have reminded me that they expected a second album.
You can stream When the Lights Go at the link below, out everywhere via Nice Age. Enjoy!