Verdugo

Verdugo

by Richard EdwardsRichard Edwards

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Overview

Richard Edwards' second album since setting Margot & the Nuclear So and So's aside, Verdugo finds him back in the studio with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck) and the same backing band, but with a different impetus. While 2017's Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset worked through some of the toll of a serious illness and divorce, a year later, Verdugo collects tracks of a hopeful nature, and even a few character-based songs. It includes several that were written at the same time as Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset but which didn't make it onto the album due to these differences in perspective and tone. There's still a lingering sense of loss on Verdugo, especially on selections like "Something Wicked" and the hazy, longing "Strange" ("I can hear your voice/It sounds strange to me"). The sparer "Something Wicked" is a fragile, acoustic guitar ballad that wants someone it can't have. It showcases Edwards' soft, quavering vocal delivery on a lilting melody that moves in and out of his falsetto. Later, strings, acoustic and electric guitars, and murky electronics and effects conspire on the basement-evoking "Pornographic Teens." Its blurred quality and echoing vocals seem to reflect its sordid subject matter. The album has a few relatively brighter, uptempo songs as well, including "A Woman Who Can't Say No" and the driving "Howlin' Heart." Both of those tracks include backing vocalists and expansive, live-sounding, full-band arrangements. Throughout, however, the album is populated with dreamy textures and wistful chords. While Verdugo is certainly a companion piece to Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset, in its conception and production, it reestablishes that Edwards can write elegant, affecting tunes regardless of subject matter or circumstance. Just ask Margot.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2018
Label: Joyful Noise Records
UPC: 0714270691911
catalogNumber: 69191
Rank: 109583

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Edwards   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Jenny O   Vocals
Heather McIntosh   Cello
Jonathan Flaugher   Bass
Heidi Gluck   Bass,Keyboards
Mike Bloom   Guitar,Vocals
Tyler Watkins   Bass
Shannon Hayden   Cello
Genevieve   Vocals
Ron Kwasman   Guitar
Jerry Borgé   Piano,Keyboards
Eleanor Anne Edwards   Vocals
Julia Steiner   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rob Schnapf   Producer
Richard Edwards   Composer
Tyler Watkins   Engineer
David Woodruff   Layout
Brian Rosemeyer   Engineer
Justin Becker   Management

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