SOFA CITY SWEETHEART

Music by singer-songwriter J. Lopez

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Press

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“J.’s quiet yet devastating voice conjures images of Elliott Smith and John Lennon.”
Rockinsider.com

“A melodic marvel… Look for this one high up the year-end EP list.”
–Steve Farra, Absolute Powerpop

“I’m not sure what the “J” stands for, but the five songs populating Sofa City Sweetheart’s eponymous EP stand for decadent, harmonious pop of the highest order.  Backed by a handful of classically trained musicians, Lopez splits the difference between the orchestral pop of Heavy Blinkers and the hushed musings of Elliott Smith.  Whether accompanied by strings piano, or both, this promising balladeer tugs at all the right heartstrings and possesses more potential than most of the artists I’ve critiqued in this issue combined.”
–Neal Agneta, The Big Takeover

“California dreamin’ acoustic-pop all took up in Byrdsian vocal harmonies, Brian Wilson big-band arrangements and Elliott Smith melancholy.  The project of sun kiss’d songwriter, performer, producer and sound engineer J. Lopez.”
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“Lopez pays attention to the teachings of the master pop songwriters and overcooks nothing.  He takes from the Kinks what The Thrills take from the Beach Boys.  Sofa City Sweetheart’s EP has good shape and progression, is loaded with melody and has an attractive, relaxed nature… it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen.”
–Ben Wood, Maddog Magazine

“Nearly every track I’ve heard is pop/folk sweetness.  There’s a late 60’s vein with enough modern pop flare to make this infectious and well worth a few spins around the block.”
Citizendick.org

“…finally after years of sonic immersion the secrets of pop music, discovered by those first and most brilliant artists, passes on to J. and writing pop music becomes effortless, as easy as breathing or placing one foot in front of the other.”
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“Reminds me of the elegance and eloquence of the late 1960s.”
–Maarten Schiethart, Pennyblackmusic.co.uk

“This is the music that plays to remind everyone how sweet it is.  J. Lopez is Sofa City Sweetheart and his voice is one of the sweetest going around.”
–Joseph Tuesday, Even in the Future Nothing Works

“Never heard of this band before because it’s not actually a band, it’s the work of one J. Lopez, an Angelino who has a way with sweet melodies.  Only 5 songs here but it’s enough of a taste to want a second helping.  You have to hear the gorgeous “Maria.”  For fans of Elliott Smith.”
–Tim Hinely, Daggerzine.com

“What stands out most is the sincerity and purity of the recordings.  Songs like “Stanley Waited” (about an elderly man who cares for his ailing wife) and “Annie Stays Home” are lyrically solid and gorgeously sung by Lopez’s falsetto.  J. has a voice that could stop an entire room in its tracks.”
Birdhouse Reviews

“Pure pop for now people from the City of Angels.  As sumptuous as some of your fave Badfinger songs, with a singer more reminiscent of Dwight Twilley.  Feels like a cool breeze caressing my cheek from 1975, a time of blissful ignorance and silly simplicity, blowing a promise of hopeful things to come…”
–Russel Forster, Pirate Cat Radio

“Songwriter, actor, producer, sound engineer Lopez J., couch with his talent, is known as the city of love.  Caught the edge of a joke, you can create the melody of the song, the 1960s he successfully killed the California pop sound.”
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“If you like puppies, pizza, breathing air, or hugs, you’ll love Sofa City Sweetheart.”
Jonna Isaac, Jonna Isaac Design

“Not a douchebag.”
–Keenan Dowers, Single Piece Slate