“This Guided By Spirits vinyl re-release of Prelude by veteran Tucson musician Brian Lopez is a vulnerable lo-fi masterpiece focused on capturing the energy of the moment and letting it shine. Lopez originally recorded these ten songs over a two-week period from 6pm until 4am in his bedroom. These self-imposed rules for writing and recording achieve an intriguingly minimalist yet lush sound, impossible to place in time. Elements of folk, pop, classical, and even the occasional tear of heavy guitar blend seamlessly, proving Lopez is in service to whatever the message demands, including shifts between languages mid song. His poetic gifts are highlighted on this album, with echoes, birdsong, and insect hum adding texture around thoughtful lyrics. While Lopez allows that “mistakes are beautiful and increasingly rare in recorded music,” his sweet, pristine vocals never fail in their delicate melodic layerings. These bright bursts of song are so intimate you can hear his fingers on the strings, you can picture him at work in his room, allowing the music to take shape organically. The authenticity of both process and results leave the listener feeling full of hope and possibility.”
Doors at 7. Show at 8.