A simple guitar arpeggio and a distant, yet eager vocal kicks off Sun Songs, the much-anticipated solo effort of former Wild Sweet Orange front man Preston Lovinggood. A product four years in the making and under heavy mentoring by Communicating Vessels founder Jeffrey Cain, Lovinggood finds himself exploring uncharted sonic territory with songs of desolation, longing, paranoia, and hope.
The entire record is beautifully lo-fi with bits of punk rock (“Natural”), acoustic ska riffs , and new wave (“Somewhere Along The Way”), but distinctly 21st century.
Taylor Hollingsworth, known for his work in Dead Fingers and Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band, helmed the production and recording. Hollingsworth’s contribution to Sun Songs is undeniable with bluesy electric riffs, slide guitar, well-placed feedback, and creaky, sporadic drums. “Give It Your Name,” a co-write between Lovinggood and Hollingsworth, brings back Lovinggood’s familiar and undeniable yell. Not the predicable sequel to Lovinggood's past work, Sun Songs is a perfect left turn.
It released on February 19, 2013 via Communicating Vessels and is available on cd, vinyl, and digitally.
“Sun Songs is daring and unconventional with a definitive lo-fi bent. Vacillating between intimate lo-fi indie folk and quirky roots pop, there’s an authority and conviction at work on all of the songs that is far too hard to imitate.” – Absolute Punk
“From barely there lo-fi folk to powerfully poppy, this is an album that engages the emotions even when you’re not sure why, and lays out a complex and dizzying experience that might achieve the required familiarity simply because deep inside we’ve all shared some part of these experiences.” – Americana-UK
“Sun Songs is some of the strongest work of Lovinggood’s career.” – POPMATTERS