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Brian Lopez - Static Noise   STATIC NOISE

iTunes Editors’ Notes: After releasing the eclectic debut album Ultra, the Tucson, Ariz.-based singer/songwriter Brian Lopez went about constructing a more focused album for 2014’s Static Noise. He spent more than two years writing the album, spilling out dozens of songs before editing down to the ones that best represented his expansive vocal and guitar abilities. His voice has rightfully been compared to folks such as the late Jeff Buckley and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for its range and ability to zone in on an emotion while remaining light and free. Along the way, he’s collaborated with two very different performers, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb and KT Tunstall. Lopez recorded at Waterworks Recording Studio in Tucson, coproducing with Jim Waters (Sonic Youth, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) and bringing in Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Modest Mouse) to mix the album. Songs were recorded live to tape whenever possible with Lopez’s handpicked crew, including Sean Slade (Radiohead, Pixies, Morphine) who provided arrangements throughout. The highlights “Mercury in Retrograde”, “Wrong or Right”, and a cover of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” prove his instincts are right on.

 

A heavy, trippy blast of rock past, present and future, “Mercury in Retrograde” builds on the promise of Brian Lopez’s budding career, surging through noisy aggression before dissolving into an elegaic, piano-based melody.  – KDHX (Click to view)

 

“To a record and vibe that we cannot wait to hear live. Honesty blurs musical boundaries and experimentation feels key. A gentle ode as the soft winds blow, swinging hips sway to the 60‘s, eyes close to a psychedelic circus like mood, and blues cut you deep.”
Fresh Independence (Click to view)

 

“Brian Lopez opens up with ‘Static Noise’– With a range of several octaves, Lopez’ considerable voice has been compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley. He uses his talent for perfect falsettos sparingly but employs it at just the right time.” 
Tucson Sentinel (Click to view)

 

“First single ‘Persephone’ is gentle and gorgeous, Lopez’s acoustic guitar and vocals weaving together a timeless song about love, suffering and self-discovery. The pristine and spacious arrangement builds beauty into every corner of the song.”
Eric Swedlund

ULTRA   ULTRA

 

“Brian Lopez is making Tucson a new source for irresistible music.  With his charming voice, great sense of humor and enough energy to do it all, Brian is giving a new name to world music – indie-world?”
Indie Rock Review (Feb. 2012)

 

“There’s a cinematic drama running through the songs on “Ultra,” with melodies that float and twist amid rich instrumentation – violin, cello, accordion, upright bass and lap steel guitar – that creates a timeless and entirely unique blend of the styles Lopez has soaked up as a musician.”
Eric Swedlund – Zocalo Magazine

 

“It’s 11 tracks of sweeping, sometimes-haunting, always-romantic melodies in English and Español. Lopez and his backing band make full use of their instrumentation (string section, lap steel, accordion, etc.) to create a lush sound that sounds like the soundtrack to a late-night horse ride under a full moon and starry sky on a summer night in Arizona…directed by David Lynch, of course!”
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“The Tucson-based singer-songwriter has an awesome fro of corkscrew curls that lends him a sort of outlaw Bob Dylan vibe. His music could be classified as Tex-Mex folk-rock (sounds tasty, right?)”
Nylon Magazine – Good Listener / Song of the Week