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Claude Fontaine Announces Debut Album, Out 4/26 On Innovative Leisure | Listen To “Pretending He Was You”

Los Angeles-based songwriter and singer, Claude Fontaine, announces her debutself-titled album, out April 26th on Innovative Leisure (LA-based label who has worked with the likes ofBADBADNOTGOODRhyeAllah-LasNosaj ThingHanni El KhatibNick Waterhouse,Classixx, etc). Today, she shares lead single, “Pretending He Was You,” which premiered this morning via Noisey.
Stream “Pretending He Was You” —

A love song to classic reggae and Brazilian music, Claude Fontaine 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 Studio OneTrojan, and Treasure Isle records she was discovering—the same records that got The Clash covering “Police And Thieves,” and theSlits sharing a bill with Steel Pulse. “I wandered in one day and from the first moment I was under a spell,” Fontaine says. “I was transfixed.”

Tracked at both Kingsize Sound Labs in Northeast Los Angeles and Sage and SoundChet Baker’s legendary old studio in Hollywood, Claude Fontaine was recorded with a murderer’s row of session players, including Airto Moreira, the Brazilian drummer whose work both solo and in collaboration—with Miles DavisAstrud GilbertoChick CoreaAnnette Peacock—make him an actual living legend, Tony Chin, (Althea and Donna, King Tubby, Dennis Brown), RonnieMcQueen (Steel Pulse), Rock Deadrick (Ziggy Marley), Andre De Santanna (Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim), Gibi Dos Santos (Sergio Mendes), Nando Duarte (Gal Costa, Elza Soares),Fabiano Do Nascimento (Mia Doi Todd), and Jaime Hinckson (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 show at Zebulon onFri. April 26th. Ticket are available here.
Watch “Cry For Another” Video — 

Claude Fontine Tracklist:

01. Cry For Another

02. Hot Tears

03. Little Sister

04. Love Street

05. Play By Play

06. Pretending He Was You

07. I’ll Play The Fool

08. Strings of Your Guitar

09. Footprints In The Sand

10. Our Last Goodbye

Pre-order Claude Fontaine — 


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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