01. OK Not Perfect
02. Durbin Was A Trap House
03. Johann
04. I Don’t See You
05. 54 Spaceships
06. Coffee
07. I Miss My Friend Scraps
08. Talk to Friendly Walls
09. What Am I Gonna Do
10. Small Towns
11. Delonte Needed Help
12. Che’s Theme
13. Someone You Can See
14. I Am Different
15. Lori Saved Me
16. Enjoy Your Little Philosophy
17. The Sun It Hurts
18. Spin Art
19. Dreaming
20. 5HTP
21. The Difference Between Dust & Powder
22. I Feel Better


The news talks about catastrophes that sound like science fiction: apartment towers collapsing with no warning, satellites falling from space, the ocean on fire. It’s an era of extremes, where each cataclysm seems to presage an even greater one, and only the truly exceptional––the superhuman––seem cut out to survive. What the new album from L’Orange, the prolific and endlessly inventive producer from North Carolina, argues is nearly the opposite.  Released on Mello Music Group, The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better is a testament to the power of self knowledge and incremental progress, of the way tiny steps can give structure to life and help navigate the unknown.

For more than a decade now, L’Orange has dazzled listeners with his alchemic blends of old and new, found sounds and the deeply personal. Given how seamlessly he synthesizes his source materials, the end product can sound as if it came straight from the ether, fully formed. But on The World Is Still Chaos, he aims to demystify that work, if only for himself. “I wanted to confront my own creative process and day-to-day wellbeing managing mental illness in a healthy way for the first time,” L’Orange says. “I'm trying to consider how to draw from my life experiences when my life experiences aren't rooted in depression. It’s about continuing to struggle with balance while transitioning to being inspired by an external world.” The World Is Still Chaos is held together, above all, by a sense of playfulness.

Over the course of his career, L’Orange has used his remarkable abilities to create a sort of delirium in his work, a haze that envelops the listener and seals him or her off in a universe of the producer’s construction. With The World Is Still Chaos, But I Feel Better, he inverts this, imposing order on the world bit by bit. It’s about “feeling OK,” L’Orange says––“not perfect.” Striving for marginal, day-over-day victories––over the external world, over your past, over yourself––is the kind of actionable, measurable, deeply personal approach that can make a seemingly impossible era feel all the more approachable. It doesn’t hurt that L’Orange delivers the argument in such an irresistibly head-nodding package.


Narration by Andreea Dinag & Sora The Troll

Additional Vocals by Nish Kumar, Kon Sci, Jeremy Scott, Solemn Brigham, Mark Cox, Elaquent, Jeremiah Jae, Marc Rebillet, & Willie Green

Mixed by Willie Green
Asst. Engineered by Tevin Prince
Mastered by Joe Hutchinson

Album Photography by Matt Andres
Album Graphic Design by Austin Hart

Executive Produced by Austin Hart & Michael Tolle