Verdugo is the sophomore solo album from Richard Edwards (formerly of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s). Created during the same six-month period that spawned his debut, Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset, during which he suffered from a debilitating intestinal ailment and went through a divorce, this chapter finds him moving on from those difficulties.
“This is the second of two albums made under duress in Los Angeles over the course of a long year,” Edwards says. “It’s the sunnier of the two, an album of melodic pop music.” That year included being diagnosed with C. Diff, a debilitating intestinal ailment, and weathering a divorce. His illness made it difficult to sing in anything but a high falsetto, which becomes one of the more intriguing elements of the album, lending an unexpected warmth and weight to the material.
Though some of the material is inspired by his personal trials, he points out that there are other, character-driven songs along the way. “Some of it’s happy, some of it’s sad. That’s life, baby,” he offers.