Graham Burks has always been in the shadows of a shadowy scene, in a city better at producing cult classics than breakthrough stars. He has shared the stage with Dead Milkmen, 7 Seconds, the Descendants, and the Meat Puppets; not to mention locals like the Oblivians, the Grifters, Neighborhood Texture Jam, and Big Ass Truck.
The pandemic forced a change in focus, and in 2020 Burks turned his attention to his solo studio project Loose Opinions. Burks wrote and recorded Shadow of a Shadow at home. He played all the instruments, establishing an eclectic palette of layered vocal harmonies, heavily affected guitars, bass, vintage analog synths, live and programmed drums, and the swirl and strum of his rare, vintage Omnichord. The only outside musicians on the album are Memphis horn players Victor Sawyer, Tom Clary, Jim Spake (Lucero), and Bill Bullock, along with a remote contribution from Seattle’s Jeff Waggoner (JERF). Burks and his neighbor, engineer Adam Hill (Big Star, Chris Bell, White Stripes, Raconteurs, Deer Tick) mixed the album at home.
Shadow of a Shadow was written with the vinyl format in mind, and each side of the album is an uninterrupted continuous piece of music, each song melting into the next one. It was designed to compel listeners to slow down, put a needle on the record, and sink into the moment.
About the album, Graham comments “Late in 2020, after months of being creatively stifled, I sensed that the world was turning the corner towards a brighter day. I found my inspiration, and my “pandemic project” became Shadow of a Shadow, a solo studio album that I wrote, recorded, and produced at home on my own. It follows my journey from frustration and pessimism to inspiration, optimism, and unlocked creativity.”
the full-length album on limited edition purple-nebula color vinyl is now available for pre-order at LooseOpinions.com.