Brazilian musician Rodrigo Amarante, who fronted Los Hermanos before forming Little Joy with Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, is releasing his first solo album next month on Easy Sound, a new label whose roster also includes Isobel Campbell, Vetiver, and EDJ (Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats). From the sound of next single “Tardei,” Cavalo will be a sparse affair featuring eerie folk ballads that could easily soundtrack a cowboy riding off into the sunset. According to Amarante’s artist statement, the record is about embracing the solitude of a lonesome traveler’s life. That said, Amarante isn’t entirely alone on the tune; he recruited an all-star choir featuring Moretti, SNL alum Kristen Wiig, Devendra Banhart, Moldy Peaches member Adam Green, and ace sideman/producer Josiah Steinbrick, all of whom lend majestic, atmospheric cooing to Amarante’s sighing strums. It adds a lot! Listen below.

Cavalo is out 5/6 on Easy Sound.

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  1. Too many good spring releases. I wanted to reign in my listening habits this year but I can’t when every week I learn that Christmas is only a month away. Little Joy is the album that I, without fail, whip out whenever summer hits. Even if Cavalo is a more sparse and less collaborative release from Amarante in comparison to Little Joy, no complaints from me because the world could use more of his voice and songwriting.

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