Single: Richard Orofino – I Hope So

Meet 24 y/o Richard Orofino, a Brooklyn-based singer songwriter/producer, in possession of a broad palette of musical skills and boundless inspiration. He began writing and producing music in 2013, starting on piano, moving to drums and later guitar, all while honing his production skills crafting hundreds of bedroom pop gems from the attic of his parent’s house on Long Island, NY. The evolution of his songwriting and vocal style resulted in 2019’s excellent “Bella Notte,” produced with Francois Tetaz (Goyte). His debut set forth an artistic vision and sound template that, while unique in the pop landscape, incorporates diverse influences including Sade, Elliott Smith, New Order & Cocteau Twins. The evolution continued with the 2020’s self-produced “SPELL” which combines all these elements into a beautiful blend that will be familiar to all his fans – past, present and future. 2021’s “Chimaera” EP also self-produced exhibits a more organic acoustic feel and featured stand-out tracks “Fake Me” and “Wanna Say”.

I have recommended Richard’s single in our recommendations and I sharing this new single of new EP out on Spotify. If you enjoy this single, be sure to check out the whole EP.

“I Hope So” “came about with my friend Christian Taylor. It’s supposed to feel like shrinking and squishing and squeezing while also being glittery and sparkly. Like wanting to wear another person’s face like the movie face/off. We tracked the vocals at half speed and then brought them back up to the original bpm so I sound really weird, little, and excited on the recording. It reminds me a lot of face/off (1987) starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in that we all have both an agent and a criminal inside of us.”

I love to read stories like this one about songs we share. It gives the listening experience some context and can bring it to some other level. I am really enjoying the atmosphere of the song and how well the crafter the song is, A nice catchy indie pop.

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