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In the heart of Brooklyn, a musical virtuoso named Richard Orofino emerges, wielding a diverse palette of skills that traverse the intricate realms of songwriting, production, and instrumental prowess. This Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and producer embarked on his musical journey in 2013, initiating his creative odyssey on the piano and later expanding his repertoire to include drums and guitar. Nestled in the attic of his parent’s Long Island home, Orofino honed his production skills, birthing captivating bedroom pop gems that would later become the hallmark of his artistic identity.

In 2019, Orofino unveiled “Bella Notte,” a musical masterpiece that served as a gateway to his artistic vision. Produced in collaboration with Francois Tetaz (renowned for his work with Gotye), this debut not only showcased Orofino’s uniqueness in the pop landscape but also echoed influences ranging from Sade to Elliott Smith, and from New Order to Cocteau Twins. The journey continued with the 2020 self-produced album “SPELL,” seamlessly blending these diverse influences into a tapestry familiar to his fans.

Fast forward to 2021, Orofino’s “Chimaera,” another self-produced gem, embraced an organic acoustic feel, marking a shift in his sonic landscape. This release signaled Orofino’s commitment to exploration and evolution within his sound, promising listeners a dynamic and ever-unfolding musical experience.

The year 2022 brought a flurry of releases, laying the foundation for the “Forging A Hardened Outer Shell” EP. From the quirky and off-center ‘Bending’ to the hook-filled sadcore anthem ‘Superstar,’ Orofino’s sonic evolution continued to captivate audiences. The EP culminated with the broody, grunge-infused ‘Johnnycakes,’ a collaboration with producer Christian Taylor that breathed life into the desire for forbidden fruits.

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In 2023, Orofino unleashed ‘Heart Splat,’ a catchy pop sensation co-written and produced with Gabe Wax (known for his work with Soccer Mommy and War On Drugs). This track, soaked in grunge aesthetics, showcases Orofino’s ability to fuse giant-sounding sampled drums with 90s instrumental darkness, creating a sound that feels both familiar and refreshingly modern.

September 2023 marked the release of the full “Forging A Hardened Outer Shell” EP, featuring the stellar tracks “I Hope So” and the brooding & lush ‘Dragonslayer.’ Delving into various lyrical topics, the EP’s sonic diversity is a testament to the collaborative efforts that shaped each track, weaving a rich tapestry of emotions and experiences.

A notable addition to the EP is Orofino’s cover of The Magnetic Fields’ “All The Umbrellas In London.” Stripping down the original’s full-band arrangement, Orofino brings his unique touch, infusing the track with a blend of melancholy and humor. As Orofino elaborates, “I love the over-dramatic dreadfulness that somehow goes hand in hand with a super fun catchy chorus melody.”

Richard Orofino’s musical journey is a testament to the power of artistic exploration and evolution. From the early days crafting pop gems in his parent’s attic to the release of the “Forging A Hardened Outer Shell” EP, Orofino continues to carve a unique niche in the musical landscape. As he forges ahead, listeners can anticipate a sonic journey that transcends boundaries and resonates with the heart and soul of Orofino’s boundless inspiration.


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