The LA-based songwriter and singer on channeling the sounds of ’60s Jamaica on her self-titled debut album.
A random stop in London’s Honest Jons — a record store known for its global sounds — sparked a creative light in Claude Fontaine and inspired her debut album. “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 into that record store —I want it to be its own world,” she says. Swathed in a dreamy haze and conjuring the spirits of 1960s Jamaica and Brazil, the album is its own island. To help her achieve her vintage sound, Fontaine enlisted the help of some legendary session players, including Brazilian drummer Airto Moreira (Miles Davis, Chick Corea), Tony Chin (Althea and Donna, King Tubby), Ronnie McQueen (Steel Pulse), Rock Deadrick (Ziggy Marley), Andre De Santanna (Flora Purim), Gibi Dos Santos (Sergio Mendes), Jaime Hinckson (Daniel “Bambaata” Marley) and more. Today, Fontaine calls Vivian to give the play by play on the recording process (partially done at Chet Baker’s Sage and Sound studio) and what the album’s world is to her.