Today, Son Little presents his new album, aloha, out now on ANTI-. Written in just eight days and recorded at Paris’s iconic Studio Ferber, aloha was an exercise in letting go and in ceding control.
While Little still plays nearly every instrument on the album himself, he worked with an outside producer for the first time – Renaud Letang (Feist, Manu Chao). The album blends classic soul, old-school R&B, and adventurous indie sensibilities into a timeless swirl, resulting in his boldest, most self-assured statement yet.
Son Little’s aloha:
Preceding the release of aloha, Son Little returned to CBS This Morning: Saturday earlier this month. Little gave a compelling performance of three of the album’s tracks – “hey rose,” “about her. again,” and “suffer.” This appearance gives a look at what to expect on his European and UK tour. Tickets are available now and a full list of dates can be found below.
Born to a preacher and a teacher in Los Angeles, Little first came to international prominence with his self-titled 2015 debut, following collaborations with hip-hop legends The Roots and electronic pioneer RJD2. In 2016, Little showed off his production chops, earning a GRAMMY Award for his work helming Mavis Staples’ acclaimed See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, and in 2017, he released a critically lauded sophomore album, New Magic.
In order to create aloha, Little began writing and assembling album demos in Petaluma, California. However, after his hard drive fried and he lost nearly a dozen detailed demos, he was forced to begin with a blank slate, leading him to write aloha at a tiny house and its adjacent barn. aloha is a potent reminder that letting go doesn’t mean giving in; in fact, quite the opposite. Letting go can be an act of defiance, of growth, of empowerment.
Son Little EU Tour Dates:
Fri. March 27 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
Sat. March 28 – London, UK @ Oslo
Mon. March 30 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
Tue. March 31 – Antwerp, BE @ Kavka VZW
Wed. April 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Thu. April 2 – Rotterdam, NL @ Bird
Sat. April 4 – Hamburg, DE @ Bahnhof Pauli
Sun. April 5 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Mon. April 6 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. April 7 – Zurich, CH @ Exil
Thu. April 9 – Zaragoza, ES @ Rock & Blues Café
Fri. April 10 – Barcelona, ES @ La Nau