Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Richard Orofino is a decorated artist and producer who has collaborated with a diverse group of artists in NY, LA, Nashville and London including Evan Voytas (UPSAHL, Loyal Lobos), Isaac Flynn (Hembree) and John Carroll-Kirby (Solange, Connan Mockasin). After discovering the art of production in 2013, he has been able to fuse his strong artistic vision across all aspects of being a modern day ‘singer-songwriter plus’ offering. Orofino has shared the lead single ‘Scratch Off’ from his EP ‘Chimaera’.
Speaking on the meaning behind ‘Scratch Off’ and the EP, Richard explains:
“‘Scratch Off’ takes place in a sort of interrogation scenario, lyrically held to the mouth of the captor or overseer. The perspective we hear from has an evil energy, making us sympathize with this prisoner we hear about in the song. Our narrator gets joy from hearing their captive shout, “Let me go back home”, and laughing while they sit “under a fluorescent hell zone.”
“Although I found myself diving back into my love for rock and folk music, Chimaera definitely feels like a new stage for my music. I think building production around these sort of emo/folk songs has allowed me to mess around with blending synth and pop elements in a new way. Lyrically, Chimaera touches on a few themes with the most forefront being loneliness, identity, and change. A lot of doubt, depression and self sabotage come into play as well. Really fun, happy stuff.”
Orofino’s high lilting vocals add the magical charm to this folk tinged track. Strummed acoustic and lead playing mix with the simple percussion giving a great backdrop for that voice which stays with you long after the track has finished.
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