LUÍS LOPES . Nylon strings acoustic guitar

01 Variations on cerejeiras
02 Emmentes variations
03 Variations on she
04 Variations on effigy
05 Variations on paso
06 variations on she is
07 coda



From someone working on the free jazz/noise rock side of things as the Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes, the Love Song project came at first as a bizarre surprise. At its third appearance in record we finally understand: even the most of histrionic musicians need to create an introspective, calm space to figure out all things in life, beginning with music itself. That’s what happens in “Emmentes” with only a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar being heard. Lopes questions music at its basis, the association of a note to another, the forming of a chord, the slow construction of a harmonic progression and, more than this, the feelings, the thoughts, the memories, the expectations behind, those immaterial elements that music tries to express because no words can. The king of feedback guitar and distortion on the Lisbon underground music scene shows his vulnerability in this collection of pieces about love, for someone else and for life and all its aspects, be it a flower (“Variations on Cerejeiras”), a woman (“Variations on She” and “Variations on She Is”) or music (“Coda”). Good for him, and good for us.