Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter ClaudeFontaine shares a new single, “Hot Tears,” from her forthcoming debut, self-titled album, out April26th on InnovativeLeisure. Following the “hypnotic and romantic” (Noisey) “Pretending He Was You” and lead single “Cry For Another”, which the Los Angeles Times described as “a straight-up rocksteady song that conjures the essence of Kingston, Jamaica, in the late 1960s,” “Hot Tears” is another standout nod to the early 1970s StudioOne, Trojan, and TreasureIsle records of Jamaica. Over muted percussion and flutters of trumpet, Fontaine tells a story of unrequited love.
Claude Fontaine was tracked in two potent sessions with guitarist TonyChin, whose playing withAlthea and Donna, KingTubby, DennisBrown and so many more very arguably defined a significant part of the classic reggae sound, and AirtoMoreira, the Brazilian drummer whose work both solo and in collaboration—with MilesDavis, AstrudGilberto, ChickCorea, AnnettePeacock—make him an actual living legend. They also enlisted a murderer’s row of additional session players—bassist RonnieMcQueen of SteelPulse and ZiggyMarley drummer RockDeadrick, NowAgainRecords guitaristFabianoDo Nascimento, SergioMendes percussionist GibiDosSantos and FloraPurim bassistAndreDeSantanna. The ten tracks that comprise ClaudeFontaine were tracked at both KingsizeSoundLabs in Northeast Los Angeles and SageandSound, Chet Baker’s legendary old studio in Hollywood.
Fontaine will celebrate the album’s release with a show at ZebuloninLosAngeles on Fri. April 26th. Tickets are available here.