Los Angeles-based songwriter and singer, ClaudeFontaine, announces her debut, self-titled album, out April26th on InnovativeLeisure (LA-based label who has worked with the likes ofBADBADNOTGOOD, Rhye, Allah-Las, NosajThing, HanniElKhatib, NickWaterhouse,Classixx, etc). Today, she shares lead single, “Pretending He Was You,” which premiered this morning via Noisey. Stream “Pretending He Was You” — https://soundcloud.com/innovativeleisure/claude-fontaine-pretending-he-was-you-4/s-GYXxX
A love song to classic reggae and Brazilian music, ClaudeFontaine is an album honoring that feeling of finding a home away from home. Fontaine wrote and demoed her debut album after living in London off Portobello Road and stumbling into Honest Jon’s, a long-lived spot for fringe records collected from the furthest edges of the world.
She was immediately captivated by the old StudioOne, Trojan, and TreasureIslerecords she was discovering—the same records that got TheClash covering “Police And Thieves,” and theSlits sharing a bill with SteelPulse. “I wandered in one day and from the first moment I was under a spell,” Fontaine says. “I was transfixed.”
Tracked at both KingsizeSoundLabs in Northeast Los Angeles and SageandSound, Chet Baker’s legendary old studio in Hollywood, ClaudeFontaine was recorded with a murderer’s row of session players, including AirtoMoreira, the Brazilian drummer whose work both solo and in collaboration—with MilesDavis, AstrudGilberto, ChickCorea, AnnettePeacock—make him an actual living legend, TonyChin, (Althea and Donna, King Tubby, Dennis Brown), RonnieMcQueen (Steel Pulse), RockDeadrick (Ziggy Marley), AndreDeSantanna (Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim), GibiDosSantos (Sergio Mendes), NandoDuarte (Gal Costa, Elza Soares),FabianoDoNascimento (Mia Doi Todd), and JaimeHinckson (Hollie Cook, Daniel ‘Bambaata’ Marley).
“I hope this record will transport people,” said Fontaine. “I want it to feel like those lost records, like it got lost in the dusty bottom bin of some world music store in London because that’s how I felt when I walked in to that record store. I want it to be its own world.”
For those in the LA area, Fontaine will celebrate the album’s release with a showatZebulon onFri. April 26th. Ticket are available here. Watch “Cry For Another” Video — https://youtu.be/ztHTOL_EJWM