London based Richard Edwards brings us his first solo record ‘ Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset’ following his work as a frontman for Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s.
He recorded the album in Los Angeles with Rob Schnapf who has previously recorded with artists Elliott Smith and Beck.
It has not been an easy time for Edwards who recently suffered from C Difficile and a seperation from his partner. In this album he depicts his sorrow passionately.
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‘There’s a dirty secret among songwriters. Some records you make because it’s been a couple of years and you have some songs that you think are pretty good. Others burn a hole inside of you so hot that you’ll do anything to get them out.’
Crawling with jazzy blues and an impulsive saxophone,’Disappeared Planets’ is a stand out track. Crafting lush walls of sound together it almost takes you away to a different world.
‘I don’t wanna get lost in the wind rollin’ down the river, darkness at the edge of my brain’, Edwards cries in distinctive track ‘Rollin,Rollin,Rollin’. The heartache and pain is portrayed so abundently making it one of the strongest pieces on the record.
The final composition which was eventually added to the album is actually the first track , “Lil Dead Eye-d” which takes a very West Coast beach in California approach.
‘I wrote this song a couple days after landing in Los Angeles for the final sessions for Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset. I wasn’t feeling very good mentally and was missing someone. Once the song was finished, it felt like I could put the guitar away for a while because the album didn’t need any more songs. I reckon I said the last thing I needed to express for this record.’
Through his life was collapsing Edwards has created an honest and intimately original record for all to relish in.
Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset is out now via Joyful Noise Recordings