The Skinny: James Iha is excited to announce the release of his new solo album Look To The Sky, out September 18th on The End Records. As a member of A Perfect Circle, the power pop super-group Tinted Windows, and of course, the Smashing Pumpkins, Iha has gathered musical depth and craftsmanship inspired by his many bands as well as his production work with The Sounds, Whiskeytown and Ladytron, to create a new album offering listeners sophisticated pop melodies, lyrical sharpness and guitar driven rock.
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.”