“Letting go can be a scary prospect,” says Son Little. “But there’s beauty in it, too. Everything you leave behind opens up space for something new in your life.”
That was certainly the case with Little’s remarkable new album, ‘aloha.’ Written in only eight
days and recorded at Paris’s iconic Studio Ferber, the entire project was an exercise in letting
go, in ceding control, in surrendering to fate. While Little still plays nearly every instrument on
the album himself, he put his songs in the hands of an outside producer for the first time here,
collaborating with French studio wizard Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao) to create his
boldest, most self-assured statement yet.
Equal parts vintage and modern, the collection blends classic soul, old-school R&B, and
adventurous indie sensibilities into a timeless swirl fueled by gritty instrumental virtuosity and
raw, raspy vocals. It’s an ambitious work of vision and reflection, to be sure, but more than
that, it’s an ecstatic testament to the freedom that comes from torching the map and trusting
the currents of life to carry you where you belong.
“I’d always produced myself in the past,” explains Little, “but it’s easy to get caught up in an
endless quest for perfection when you do that. Working with Renaud let me see my work from
an outsider’s perspective, and that helped me get out of my own way.”