Sofa City Sweetheart
'I'm not sure what the 'J' stands for, but the five songs populating Sweetheart's eponymous EP stand for decadent, harmonious pop of the highest order. Backed by a handful of classically trained (I'm assuming) 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 'A melodic marvel... Look for this one high up the year-end EP list.' --Steve Farra, Absolute Powerpop (absolutepowerpop.blogspot.com) 'J.'s quiet yet devastating voice conjures images of Elliott Smith and John Lennon.' --Rockinsider.com '...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.' --astheradioplays.blogspot.com '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 "J. Lopez is a songwriter, performer, producer, and sound engineer and his talents are collectively known as Sofa City Sweetheart. Successfully tapping into that 60's California pop sound he creates fetching melodies in his songs that retain a tongue-in-cheek edge. Of course, Lopez needed some help to fill out his debut EP. The operatic background vocals, violin, cello, and nicely compressed drums are provided by a company of musicians who make Sofa City Sweetheart sound like a band rather than a one-man effort... 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 '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.