RIYL: The Ettes, Patsy Cline, Dusty Springfield, Holly Golightly, The Duke Spirit

Label: Merge Records

We are delighted to announce that Coco Hames, the frontwoman and indomitable force behind beloved garage-pop combo The Ettes, will release her self-titled solo debut on Merge Records on March 31. Listen to the ardent ballad “I Do Love You” which premiered at American Songwriter. It showcases Hames’ considerable vocal prowess while conveying the intensity of new love.

Proclaiming it “my bossy ode to falling in love,” Hames describes how “I Do Love You” came to be: “I was driving in rural western North Carolina (there’s a beautiful piece of road that opens up between Brevard and Mills River that inspires me every time I’m on it), not believing my luck at realizing I was crazy about my now husband, and I wrote this song and was singing it at the top of my lungs and writing lyrics as I went. I had meant to poetically upgrade/shroud them later, when I sat back down with it, but they’re honest, so I kept them.”

There’s an old saying about how “you have your whole life to write your first record.” For Hames, the songs on her stunning debut poured from her pen over a sustained burst of inspiration…but 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 life’s darkness.

Recorded at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the album was co-produced by Hames and Andrija Tokic, who has helped sire career-making albums for Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and others.

The Details

The first 250 LP orders will receive limited edition opaque green vinyl.

Preorders will include two buttons while supplies last, and will ship to arrive on or around the release date of March 31.

Vinyl includes free download coupon

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MRG464 | Release Date March 31, 2017

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Price $20



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