If you are looking for a new name to add to your roster of artists to look out for in 2022, Richard Orofino is the man for you. Residing in Brooklyn, the indie artist has been making a name for himself with his serene alt-pop sound and experimental approach to crafting tunes, something that he has continued to do with his latest release. Featuring instrumentation with a melancholic tinge and an infectious hook, the artist boldly encapsulates the essence of the genre he is operating in with his new cut “Scratch Off”, all the while remaining true to self thanks to his enchanting vocals and unconventional production.
“’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 sympathise 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’,” explains Orofino when speaking on the meaning of the track.
Now, while it is clear that the artist is kicking January off with a bang, this new release stands as a mere taste as to what is to come from him. With EP “Chimaera” also crashing onto streaming platforms and the promise of another year packed full of stellar releases hanging in the balance, it becomes clear that Richard Orofino is planning on taking 2022 by storm.
Check out the EP below…