Sofa City Sweetheart

by Sofa City Sweetheart

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

“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 (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

“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

"Sofa City Sweetheart has a knack for that irresistible Macca song structure."
–Music RX

“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,

"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."

"Reminds me of the elegance and eloquence of the late 1960s."
–Maarten Schiethart,


released September 21, 2008

J. Lopez is Sofa City Sweetheart
Written, Produced, Performed, Engineered, and Mixed by J. Lopez

Special Guests:
Ryan Petersen – Drums
Melissa Piotrowski – Violoncello
Pauline Lay – Violin
Jorge Huaman – Charango, Operatic Background Vocals

Recorded at Casa de Lopez, West Covina, California.
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, California. Additional Production/Advice by Jorge Huaman, Daniel Brummel and Tim Jaquette.

Strings arranged by J. Lopez.
Cover artwork by Josh McCool.

All songs © 2008 J. Lopez (ASCAP)


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Sofa City Sweetheart Los Angeles, California

Sofa City Sweetheart is the indie pop/rock project of singer/songwriter Juan Antonio Lopez. For fans of Elliott Smith, The Kinks, and Jon Brion.

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Track Name: Good News For Jackie
Jackie, give me good news please
Don’t even start to tease
About the sunshine when you know that there’s a chance of rain

Don’t let it win today
Please let me hear you say
That there won’t be any more inches coming our way

When you give the weather, I never remember the day
So I pay attention and believe whatever you say

So Jackie, give me good news please
I have begun to sneeze
I thought you said I wouldn’t need my coat today!

But Jackie don’t you worry
You’ve got a fan in me
When others disagree
I know you’re just trying

To bring sun instead of snow
Turn rain into rainbows
So monsoon or tornado
I’ll never let you go

Rain, rain, rain, rain, go away, go away
Come, come, come, come, again another day
Track Name: Maria
Stocking the supermarket aisles
You will find a precious smile
Maria’s, Maria’s

Roaming the supermarket lanes
You might even catch her name
Maria, Maria

Oh Maria can’t you plainly see
That there’s more to life than bargaining?
And you could live a better life with me
And you could make a better life for me

Hiding behind the register
You might never notice her
Maria! Maria!

Oh, and when I’m standing in your line
I dream about the day that you are mine
And you have lived a better life with me
And you have made a better life for me

Oh Maria can’t you plainly see
That you are the checkout girl for me?
And you could live a better life with me
Maria won’t you say that you will make a better life with me?
Track Name: Julia (We Never Wanted You)
Come home Mommy
Come home Mommy
Come on home and stay with me

Come home Daddy
Come home Daddy
Come on home and rescue me

Well, I’ve been waitin’
Since you decided against me
How could you be so cruel?

You do not want the truth my Julia
You shouldn’t hear the truth my Julia
You couldn’t stand the truth my Julia
Alright well to tell the truth… well…

Julia we never wanted ya!
Julia we never wanted ya!

Oh how we tried to find a way
But there was no way and we’re sorry
Truly sorry

Julia we never wanted ya!
But deep inside we knew that we were wrong!

And now we’re here to try again and make amends
And I know we wronged you Julia
And I’m awful sorry Julia
But we’ll make it up to you

Come home darlin’
Come home darlin’
Come on home where you belong

Come on home and stay with me
Track Name: Sunflowers (Being Part One Of "The Blind Man And The Boy He Used To Be")
Me and Lucy would go out to the yard
To plant the seeds we got from Ma and Pa
We put those suckers right into the ground
A few weeks later, you might guess what we found

And they were so yellow
They were so yellow

Now I’m older and Lucy’s gone away
I still remember what she used to say
“Don’t worry Juany, we’ll plant some more someday

And they’ll be so yellow
They’ll be so yellow”

In my mind
I see the sky
And all the grass is green
Just like it’s always been

Please tell my mind
About the times
And maybe I’ll begin
To see it all again

Why should I mind?
When I can hear your voice today
Track Name: The Magic Umbrella (Being Part Two Of "The Blind Man And The Boy He Used To Be")
Though I can’t see your face today
You know I’m gonna do it anyway because
I got your picture in my brain

And I won’t ever say “My dear,
Do you think you c’n come a little nearer?” Please!
I’ve got your picture in my brain

When I’m all alone and all my friends are gone
I think of your sweet face ‘cause baby you’re the one
But lately I’ve been thinkin’ you’ve been having fun
And maybe if I went away
I’d see you in a better way

So use your umbrella in the brightest way
Point it up, up and away
A life on the ground won’t take you away
To places with all sunny days

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