[Read my feature “Richard Edwards Reborn” for an in-depth look at the album from musician himself.]

Richard Edwards spent the better part of his adulthood as the mastermind behind orchestra-pop-turned-raucous-rock outfit Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. Then he almost died.


Clostridium difficile infection (C Diff) ate away his stomach and he had to cancel touring for his last Margot album Slingshot to Heaven. He lost too much weight and was too feeble to continue with music. His recovery was slow, but he found himself in Los Angeles to record a new album he spent years writing once he gained his health.

Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset will be his first official solo LP and will be released by Joyful Noise Recordings on March 31, 2017. It is available for pre-order now through Edwards himself as well as Joyful Noise. The album’s release date comes a year to the date that the songwriter “got a tiny bit high and renamed the album.”

Edwards announced the album details on Facebook after a year of teasing with the following message:

Hi. I’ve been teasing this album for the better part of a year. Sorry about that. Well, the teasing ends now. Below you can pre-order this thing and listen to the first single, “Disappeared planets”. I sure hope you do, ‘cuz it pert near broke me.

This record was made over the course of the most difficult 6 months of my adult life and it took me all over Southern California on some kind of adventure. I gave everything I had to it. I hope it feels like spotting one lonely ship in the distance, when the clouds are burying the sun, and there’s just a hint of pink lightning out there, and there’s no one on the beach but you. I hope you like it and that it was worth the wait.

In addition to the year-long tease, Edwards has recently hinted at songs through the use of Instagram posts of the following paintings:

Song 1 and Song 10
Song 1 and Song 10

Check out the Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset tracklisting and listen to “Disappeared Plants” as well as the album trailer below:

  1. (beware the golden fang)
  2. Lil Dead Eye-d
  3. Git Paid
  4. Fool
  5. Disappeared Planets
  6. Postcard
  7. Management of Savagery
  8. When You Get Lost
  9. Lemon
  10. Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’
  11. Sister Wives
  12. Pornographic Teens
  13. (chaka khan)
  14. Moonwrapped
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