Tune comes from forthcoming album, due in September.
Tucson songwriter/rocker Brian Lopez follows up his debut record Ultra with Static Noise, due Sept. 23 via Funzalo Records. Check out a fresh track preview, “Mercury in Retrograde:
Lopez, whose voice has been compared to Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke and who has worked with Howe Gelb in Giant Giant Sand as well as KT Tunstall, says the album is the product of over more than two years, producing dozens of songs before choosing the best compositions, narrowing the album’s focus and capitalizing on his guitar and vocal talents.
“Listening to the last record and seeing how eclectic it was, I was trying to hone in on tighter arrangements and tighter songwriting and taking my time to make sure each song was like a fine cut gem. I feel like they’re potent,” Lopez says. “I knew it was going to be heavier, more electric guitars and louder drums. I wanted it to go in more of a rock ‘n’ roll direction, to walk that line a bit more.”
“It’s been a pretty crazy couple of years as far as being out on the road and collaborating with a lot of artists and kind of living in different worlds as far as the Howe Gelb circus versus the KT Tunstall pop world. They’re completely different and I think it’s telling how I can somehow disguise myself into each world and be accepted,” he adds.
Lopez recorded Static Noise at Waterworks Recording Studio in Tucson, co-producing with Jim Waters (Sonic Youth, The John Spencer Blues Explosion). Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Cat Power, Modest Mouse, Loretta Lynn, The Walkmen, Phosphorescent) mixed the record. Sean Slade (Radiohead, Pixies, Hole, Ben Folds, Morphine) provided arrangements throughout the album.