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Claude Fontaine’s Self-Titled Debut

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Artist: Claude Fontaine

Album: Self-Titled Debut

Label: Innovative Leisure

Reason We’re Cranking It: With an incredible list of session players backing her up, Fontaine has delivered an album unlike any other released in recent years. Reggae that regales, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter brings a stylish charm to the genre that is both a throwback and a contemporary breakthrough.

What The Album Tells Us About Her: Establishing an atmosphere from the very first drum-induced groove, Fontaine sends the listener off on a sun-soaked vacation of the mind. The songs that make up the album aren’t just surface layer entertainment, but instead, world builders that play like a soundtrack to your favorite summer memories. The really great artists know how to transport an audience through their work, and with Fontaine, she does so with focused precision.

Track Stuck On Repeat: Snuggled comfortably between classic reggae and late ‘90s ska, “Hot Tears” is a bewitching offbeat lullaby highlighting Fontaine’s creamy, candy-coated vocals. Every bite is pure deliciousness.

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