Last summer,Colbie Caillat spenttwo months writing and recording at a rented beach house in Malibu she shared with friends, family and professional collaborators. You beat your old stuff."
Caillat's new album may still include some of the material she recorded during that time spent in Malibu a set of songs she likens more to "Paul Simon, Seventies-ish classic rock with some folk twists to it," like the breezy road anthem "Cruising," as opposed to the newer, more pop-oriented material she crafted in its wake. Still, the musician makes no promises as to what songs will make the final tracklist.
What she is unwaveringly confident about, though, is the high quality of the material she's written and recorded in recent months on tour buses and studios from Miami to Atlanta and Hollywood. She's particularly excited about "Blaze," a radio-ready party song she hopes will be the album's next single: "We don't need a reason / To get lost and go wild," she sings over a jaunty hip-hop beat. Other standout tracks include a pair she wrote with Babyface: the somber "Just Like That" ("You broke my heart and I gave in / Every single time you pulled me in, you pushed me out again") and the swooning ballad "Try."
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"I had kind of pigeonholed [Babyface] into one specific genre," she admits. And then when I wrote with him I realized, 'Wow, he can do anything!'"
Caillat kicks off a string of tour dates this week in Chicago, after which she plans to return to the studio to record five final songs that she says should complete the album. Given her recent track record, don't be surprised if she decides to crank out a few more numbers before it's all said and done.
"Right now we just want to put the best album out," she says, laughing. "I can't tell you what exactly it will be, because it changes every day!"