Eleni Mandell explores the joys and trials of being a mother to young twins with the help of Nick Lowe’s crack backing band and producer Neil Brockbank on her new album ‘Let’s Fly a Kite,’ out January 28 on Yep Roc Records. Her second for Yep Roc, the album sees a standard-bearer of the L.A. singer-songwriter scene offer a window into her new parental role through characteristically wry lyrics, noirish vocals and sunny, orchestral-pop arrangements.
While on a tour with Nick Lowe, Eleni became fast friends with Nick’s producer Neil Brockbank and agreed to make this album together. Mandell went to London and cut it with Brockbank and members of Lowe’s band, including Geraint Watkins (keyboards), Matt Radford (bass), Robert Trehern (drums), Martin Winning (wind instruments) plus Greg Townson of Los Straitjackets on guitar. Says Lowe: “She stole my band and my sound, but I’d still have her ’round for tea.”