An album which documents a fierce imagination at play.
With Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard found success beyond anything she could have imagined. Now, on solo album ‘Jaime’, she’s seeking satisfaction in other directions.
While the songwriting mainly comes from a place of isolation and introspection, the musicianship and production sounds more communal and playful. Just as ‘Georgia’ threatens to explode into a glossy chorus, Brittany throws a left hook by stripping everything back to a soothing organ sequence. ‘13th Century Metal’ is gloriously unhinged with a jabbering medieval synth pattern that underpins a frantic spoken word piece; drums slump in and out of time whilst the composition around it spirals into a swarm of brilliant noise-rock.
“I just wanted to do something that was unedited, [and didn’t] have anybody else’s input; I’ve never really done that. I wanted to do something that was very much mine, very much me. [I wanted] to make my own mistakes while recording and have my own triumphs. I just wanted to experience that.” - Brittany Howard