Angel Face

Angel Face

by Stephen Sanchez
Angel Face

Angel Face

by Stephen Sanchez

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Bursting onto the scene in 2022 with his swooning, viral ballad "Until I Found You," Stephen Sanchez racked up over 700 million streams and won over many fans' hearts. You may think it is 1950 when you listen to Angel Face (or check out his fashion style), but make no mistake that Stephen Sanchez is a rising star of 2023. With his stand-out vocals and gorgeous falsetto, Stephen will win you over, too.

California singer/songwriter Stephen Sanchez landed an unlikely hit in 2021 with "Until I Found You," a lovelorn ballad cloaked in vintage reverb and 1950s nostalgia. An echo from the original era of the teen idol, it fused the early pop pathos of Paul Anka with glowing Everly Brothers harmonies and climbed its way onto charts around the globe. On his debut album, Angel Face, Sanchez reverse engineers a loose concept album around his hit, keeping up the guise of his adopted musical era. Through songs like the soulful "Evangeline" and the torchy "Be More" he sketches out a narrative involving a '50s troubadour in love with the femme fatale girlfriend of a mob boss. The results are sonically pleasing, and Sanchez's voice rises to the occasion, moving effortlessly between the raucous Jerry Lee Lewis rock & roll of "Shake" and the softer Roy Orbison croon of "Caught in a Blue." At times, though, Angel Face feels a bit like a revue or jukebox musical, faithfully re-creating an idyllic musical era through the rosy lens of the present. And because he is on a major label, the production, courtesy of Ian Fitchuk (Kasey Musgraves, Gus Dapperton), also keeps one foot in modern pop, an aesthetic compromise that in a way breaks the spell. Ultimately, it's the singles that keep Angel Face interesting, an ironic twist, given that the period he fetishizes most certainly favored singles over LPs. So, in a sense, he has hit his mark squarely. ~ Timothy Monger

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2023
Label: Island / Republic
UPC: 0602458162905
Rank: 1146


  1. Something About Her
  2. Evangeline
  3. I Need You Most of All
  4. Only Girl
  5. Be More
  6. Until I Found You
  7. Shake
  8. High
  9. Doesn't Do Me Any Good
  10. No One Knows
  11. Caught in a Blue
  12. Death of the Troubadour
  13. Send My Heart with a Kiss

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephen Sanchez   Primary Artist,Vocals,Clapping,Guitar (Electric),Vocals (Background)
Laufey   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ian Fitchuk   Bass,Bells,Drums,Piano,Guitar,Clapping,Accordion,Mellotron,Glockenspiel,Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone),Guitar (Electric),Vocals (Background),Guitar (Nylon String)
Georgia Brown   Vocals (Background)
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Matt Combs   Strings
Sarah Buxton   Vocals (Background)
Daniel Tashian   Piano,Mellotron,Guitar (Electric),Vocals (Background)
Konrad Snyder   Clapping,Vocals (Background)
Stephen Day   Vocals (Background)
Brandon Walters   Guitar (Electric)
Kyle Ryan   Guitar (Electric)
Tom Renaud   Guitar (Electric)
Todd Lombardo   Guitar (Nylon String)
Aaron Steele   Drums
Mark Barry   Drums
Miguel Briseno   Bass (Electric)
Gabe Simon   Clapping,Vocals (Background)
Nick Lobel   Drums,Keyboards,Guitar (Bass),Guitar (Acoustic)
Brooks Gengenbach   Guitar,Guitar (Electric)
Anson Eggerss   Organ

Technical Credits

Bobby Russell   Composer
Ian Fitchuk   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Greg Calbi   Mastering Engineer
Daniel Tashian   Composer
Trent Dabbs   Composer
Steve Fallone   Mastering Engineer
Konrad Snyder   Mixing,Composer,Engineer,Producer
Stephen Day   Composer
Ben Adelson   A&R
Tyler Arnold   A&R
Ben Schneider   Composer,Producer
Adam Grover   Mastering Engineer
Mark Barry   Engineer,Recording
Gabe Simon   Composer
Nick Lobel   Composer,Producer,Recording,Programming
Blake Slatkin   Producer
Stephen Sanchez   Composer
Laufey   Composer
Brooks Gengenbach   Composer
Watson Maack   Composer
Jesse Houle   Composer
Anson Eggerss   Composer
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