From the official press release:
Produced by Iha and guitarist Nathan Larson (formerly of beloved indie rockers Shudder to Think) at Iha's own studio Stratosphere Sound in New York City, the sessions for "Look To The Sky" were designed to create an atmosphere of freedom, experimentation and shared fondness for a variety of enduring genres: from bright, modern rock, to 60s nuggets and cool, clean 80s new wave.
"I wanted this record to be more eclectic and reflect all of my tastes which is why it took so long," Iha explains. "It was important to me for the record to be multi-dimensional and complex. Being a part of the Smashing Pumpkins, and working with so many other bands and artists since my last album [1998's solo debut 'Let It Come Down'] gave me a fresh perspective on what music could be."
This free and fun environment attracted friends and peers such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner, Tegan And Sara's Sara Quin, Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, Antony & the Johnsons and legendary Television guitarist Tom Verlaine
"Working with all of these talented people helped the record evolve in great and unexpected ways."
"Look To The Sky" sees Iha returning as a solo artist after nearly a decade and a half, newly inspired, a little wiser and proud to share what he's learned and created. "I feel like everything should lead up to something and this is a culmination of my journey"
For more, check out http://www.jamesiha.com
Listen: JAMES IHA (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) releases new single, announces solo album...Written by James Zahn
Former SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist JAMES IHA has kept consistently busy between production work (THE SOUNDS, LADYTRON, WHISKEYTOWN) and his own musical pursuits as a member of A PERFECT CIRCLE and TINTED WINDOWS. Now, Iha has announced a September 18, 2012 release date for his new solo album, LOOK TO THE SKY. Set for release via The End Records, you can stream the first single ''To Who Knows Where'' below, right here on The Rock Father. I'm diggin' it.
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