Local musician, Lucas Brown, releases first single on iTunes

Paradise Valley resident Lucas Brown has released his first single on iTunes called “Love Songs.”

The song is the first of many we hope to hear from the 18-year-old singer songwriter who is scheduling the release of his second single in early fall.

“Love Songs” can be downloaded from iTunes while users can hear previews of both singles at LucasBrownMusic.com. Mr.Brown produced “Love Songs” with assistance from Lewis Richards of 17th Street Studios in Orange County who was instrumental in crafting the distinctive sounds of the bands Sublime and Slightly Stoopid.

That influence can be heard in Mr. Brown’s release “Love Songs” as the listener is captured by the subtly funky acoustic guitar groove, the syncopated drumming, and penetrating electric guitar riffs well before you realize you’re being sucked in by the infectious melodic themes described by Brown’s powerfully distinctive vocals.

But “sucked in” you are. This song should come with a warning label. By the third play it will be so stuck in your head you’ll be singing it at the top of your lungs during your morning commute, even if you ride the bus.

In this tale of love gone wrong, Mr. Brown succeeds where other young writers fail, he laments without whining and defies without sounding bitter, striking the perfect emotional chord for a young man disillusioned by the fickle affections of a particular young woman.

The electric guitar solo, played by Phoenix resident Ricky Serrano, soars with a delightful and unexpected recklessness, yet remains true to the task of perfectly complimenting the power pop/rock nature of the track. It’s not easy to weave instrumental virtuosity into such limited space, but Mr. Serrano does it with a Santana-like flair that leaves you virtually breathless.

If “Love Songs” is indicative of what is to come from Lucas Brown, then we are certainly looking forward to the next release and many more after that.

Editor's note: Mr. Brown is a Paradise Valley resident.

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