Album release: Look to the Sky by James Iha
Release date: 5 November 2012
Label: The End Records
James Iha began his career as a co-founder of The Smashing Pumpkins in Chicago in 1987. He recorded and toured with the group until 2000, during which time they released ten albums and became one of the biggest bands of the era, selling tens of millions of albums and filling arenas worldwide.
In addition to his guitar playing and singing, James was also a contributing songwriter to the band, co-writing some of their best loved songs, including Mayonnaise from Siamese Dream. In 2003, he joined the acclaimed progressive rock band, A Perfect Circle, which featured members of Tool and Marilyn Manson.
Look To The Sky is James' first solo album in nearly 15 years, following 1998's Let It Come Down. The album is a psychedelic, melodic and ultimately more textured record than the stripped-back acoustics showcased on his debut. From the hushed melodies of Make Believe to the epic sounds of To Who Knows Where through to the straight up pop suss of Till Next Tuesday, there’s a playful variety and mature songcraft here that is Iha’s, and Iha’s alone.
Look To The Sky features guests such as Karen O and Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara, Nathan Larson of Shudder To Think and Television’s Tom Verlaine.
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