Tiff Ortiz sings about love and loss on her debut album Paint The Day, writing from a place of serenity and deep understanding in the wake of heartbreak and death. The weight of these themes resonates on every song from Tiff Ortiz’s beautiful seven-track album–the way her voice reveals a complexity of emotions that’s both mournful and inspired.
Producer Chris Connors helped Tiff Ortiz bring these songs to life, embellishing her earnest demos as grand, experimental indie rock. Despite the magic touch he brings to the record, the bulk of the LP’s guitar, synth and piano arrangements were birthed by Tiff in the first stages of songwriting. Tiff recognizes the dynamic versatility of her own voice, so each song is a little different from the last: psych-pop, Americana, soul, folk and R&B are all explored on this sweeping debut album.
IC is thrilled to premiere the Paint The Day LP and present Tiff Ortiz’s album release party at Brooklyn’s C’Mon Everybody, with opening sets from Nelson Bandela (fka Norvis Junior) and Kris Harris. RSVP on Facebook here.
Listen to Tiff Ortiz’s Paint The Day.
Read below for a personal track-by-track breakdown of the new album by Tiff Ortiz.
“Chili Pepper Water”
A song of heartbreak, but coming from a place of power and strength. I’m also pretty obsessed with water as an essential part of our existence, but I can’t tolerate spicy things, so the idea of only having access to fiery hot water became this metaphor for dealing with pain as a means of survival.
“Dreams Aren’t Real (But I Like Clouds)”
I sometimes have crazy dreams during full moons and there was a period of time when I was at a low and thought to myself, what if my dreams were my therapist, what would they say? What would our conversation entail? It’s all about keeping your chin up and bringing positivity into your life. This is one of the first songs I wrote on this album and in many ways is an anchor for everything.
When I was in college, my friend Tanya and I were obsessed with revamping the college radio station and stuck a fake ficus in the corner. That image stuck with me as a symbol of our frenetic and sometimes hilarious attempts to make things better in whatever small ways we could. But the fake ficus in this context also represents caring about something or someone so deeply that you see only what you want to see, and are thrown into a cacophonous frenzy when reality hits.
“Fake Ficus” was the most fun to play around with in the studio and features contributions from so many incredible musicians (Matteo Liberatore, Jake St. John, Gabriel Zucker, Marta Bagratuni, Aimee Niemann). And working with producer Chris Connors on the entire album was a dream.
“Orange Dot” is a personal letter to someone who used to wear a bright orange hat in winter. The song came to me in a dream. I literally woke up at 4am once I heard it, grabbed my phone and recorded the bits that I could remember before falling asleep again and finishing it the next day.
I was honestly just sitting around one day like, what is up with daylight savings?
But as I dug into this tune, it became this tiny little melancholic reflection on how temporary things are, how arbitrary time is. It took on new meaning and provided some comfort after experiencing several deaths in the span of the last year and a half.
“Making Sense of Air”
An exploration of quietness. When being vocal is not an option, or when rendered voiceless in the face of trauma.
A farewell, imagined from a boat in the ocean, surrounded by sirens.