"Yeah, we had worked multiple times in the past on some of my projects and other songs that never gotten released. We had just finished working on the original "Cosmophobia" on a project I did with a guy named Arella Rocket (we have a continuation of that song, "Cosmophobia (Revisited)" on this project). He really dug the vibe and type of instrumental, so we talked about a doing and project and here we are now," Blu collaborator Fa†e recently told The Witzard within an exclusive emailed statement; Fa†e had previously hand-crafted productions for Blu including "The Last Stop," "Summer/Winter," "3 Feet Higher," an unofficial "The Clean Hand" Remix, and the aforementioned "Cosmophobia." Fa†e seemingly alluded to the project, then titled Blu & Fa†e Present: Open Your Optics to Optimism, as early as February 2016 during a published interview with San Diego CityBeat. Blu's proper follow-up to his latest Nottz-produced Titans In The Flesh EP will arrive this upcoming September 28th and is currently available for pre-order on EveryDejaVu's own Bandcamp page in a wide array of digital, 12-inch vinyl, T-shirt, and cassette bundles.
"I sent [Blu] a bunch of beats in the same style, and we started creating. It was a very fluid and creative process; we took our time with it and are very happy with the results. It's been more than a year in-the-works and we're just excited for everyone to hear [Open Your Optics to Optimism] in full," Fa†e commented on his recent collaborative works with Blu, a plentiful working relationship which loosely dates as far back as his self-described "ambient chillwave dusty hip-hop" album The Night Bus Home (2013). "On Open Your Optics to Optimism, LA's Blu and producer Fa†e buckle into a DeLorean, cruising back to a time before time in order that they might gain the knowledge necessary to exude such a genuine optimism. Blu outlines Earth's history and then dives within it... culminating in a personal transcendence outside both space and time," Blu & Fa†e continued within a statement released to EveryDejaVu. Their first proper preview lifted from Open Your Optics to Optimism, "Otionography" showcases additional rhymes penned by fellow LA emcee Versis and a silky smooth "we are water by nature, so our physical came to be" hook crooned by Dolphin, all of which is expertly inter-woven through a glitched-out Electronic-tinged Fa†e beat.