For the first time in her decade-long career, Colbie Caillat has made an album exactly the way she wanted. It’s also the first for her newly minted label, PlummyLou Records, distributed by RED.
Eschewing traditional recording studios, the Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter—and renowned beach lover— recorded The Malibu Sessions, out Oct. 7, over a two-month period in a rented house in Southern California’s beautiful Broad Beach.
The result is a sun-kissed collection of breezy, buoyant, yet often vulnerable, songs, with timeless harmonies, catchy melodies and a harmonious vibe that recalls classic ‘70s rock.
“I knew that I wanted to change the way I’d been recording,” Caillat says, adding that making the rounds of endless meetings with producers and songwriters as she’d done for past efforts “took the fun out of it. I made a promise to myself that when I recorded the next album, I’d do it this way.”
So, Caillat, who has sold more than 20 million singles worldwide, rented a house and moved in her musical family, including longtime collaborator Jason Reeves, her fiance, musician Justin Young, and producer John Shanks.
“Every morning we’d do these beach walks down Zuma Beach and get smoothies or burritos. We’d get our exercise, get our sun, get our nutritious food, and we’d all be doing it together. It was a great way to start the day,” she says. Then, she and the band would decide which of the 29 songs they recorded for the album—ultimately winnowed down to 11—that they wanted to work on that day. Each evening, they’d finish with a healthy dinner, often prepared by Caillat’s nutritionist sister. “I didn’t go home once to my real house during the two months,” Caillat says.