What’s That Sound? is Haley Reinhart's debut release for Concord Records. The album finds Reinhart digging into her rich musical heritage and reimagining some of rock-and-roll’s most legendary songs.
The album features 11 renditions of classic songs from the 1960s, as well as three original tracks from Reinhart. A captivating vocalist who started singing in her parents’ rock band when she was just seven, Reinhart purposely honed in on songs originally released between 1966 and 1969.
"There is an undeniable connection between the late ’60s and now,” says Reinhart. "They're both turbulent, yet hopeful times. As I thought of what songs I'd like to reinterpret, I wanted to bring these similarities to the forefront. I also feel the urge to spread the revolutionary idea of people coming together through love and music.”
In co-producing What’s That Sound? with GRAMMY Award-winner John Burk, Reinhart stayed remarkably authentic to the sonic landscape of the ’60s. Made at the historic Sunset Sound, the album was recorded to tape in order to achieve a warm, vibrant feel true to the era. According to Reinhart, the thrill and challenge of analog recording brought a potent energy to the production of What’s That Sound?.
"We recorded each song live as a band and there’s something special that happens when everyone’s all grooving together like that,” says Reinhart. "There’s no way to replicate the feeling—so even though I thought I’d go back and re-cut the vocals later on, I ended up keeping most of the raw takes. I think it really fits this record and reflects my roots.”
Mixed by Bill Schnee (a GRAMMY winner known for his work with Marvin Gaye, Rod Stewart, and Steely Dan), What’s That Sound? was also recorded using solely vintage instruments. Much of that gear was personally supplied by Reinhart’s lineup of veteran musicians, a cadre that includes her father (Harry Reinhart) on guitar and her mother (Patti Miller-Reinhart) on backup vocals.
For Reinhart, creating What’s That Sound? ultimately deepened her connection to the music that’s long colored her world. "The beauty in the simplicity of these songs hit me more than ever while recording,” she says. "Most of the original versions aren’t even three minutes long, but there’s so much power in their words and melodies — they leave you wanting more.”
In introducing each song to a new generation, Reinhart hopes that power will have a lasting impact on listeners. "I’d love for people to hear this album and think about how it relates to our modern world,” she says of What’s That Sound?. "Even though we’re all faced with challenges, it’s also a chance for us to become more aware and more in tune with each other. Hopefully these songs will move people in a positive way and help them realize that good things will happen when we stick together.”
1. Let’s Start (Original)
2. Baby It’s You (Smith)
3. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)
4. The Letter (The Box Tops)
5. Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
6. White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
7. Somewhere In Between (Original)
8. Oh! Darling ft. Scott Bradlee (The Beatles)
9. Sunny Afternoon ft. Scott Bradlee (The Kinks)
10. You Showed Me (The Turtles)
11. Words of Love ft. Scott Bradlee (The Mamas & The Papas)
12. Bring the Love Back Home ft. Casey Abrams (Original)
13. Time of the Season ft. Casey Abrams (The Zombies)
14. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Nancy Sinatra)