Coco Hames / Little Bandit
Theres an old saying about how you have your whole life to write your first record. For Coco Hames, the songs on her stunning self-titled debut poured from her pen over a sustained burst of inspirationbut they took more than a decade to live out. A deeply personal record filled with poignant ruminations on love lost and found, dreams dashed then rediscovered, these ten songs manage to pinpoint exquisite light amid lifes darkness.
As the frontwoman and indomitable force behind beloved garage-pop combo The Ettes, Hames blazed a memorable trail across the 00s underground. Last summer, she began work on her solo album at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville. Hames co-produced the record with Andrija Tokic, whod helped sire career-making albums for Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and others.
Playing guitar, piano, and electric harpsichord, Hames was aided in her effort by bassist Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs), drummer Julian Dorio (The Whigs), and lead guitarist Adam Meisterhans (The Weight). Other contributors include veteran keyboard/organ wizard Dave Amels of Reigning Sound and vocalists Carey Kotsionis (Bobby Bare, Jr.) and Lillie Mae Rische (Jack White).
I grew up listening to 60s pop like Dusty Springfield, but also classic country music, like Patsy Cline, and things that bridged both worlds, like Bobbie Gentry, notes Hames. With this record, the end result doesnt fit into any one category. Which is an exciting thing to me.
Little Bandit is a group devoted to the songs of Alex Caress, who's making classic country music with a sassy and subtly political twist. ... It's highly evocative and slightly hilarious.
NPR, World Cafe
Deftly written and smartly played, Breakfast Alone is a balancing act: melodrama uplifted by pure melody, and humor met with honky-tonk chops.
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