THE PERAMBULATOR is a collection of original songs in various styles recalling the 60’s and 70’s—Imaginative rock’n’roll with a hint of cabaret. The word "perambulator" means a baby carriage (Great Britain) and an odometer (USA), or one who perambulates—walks around. The title song is Milo’s love letter to walking in her San Francisco neighborhood. Although the concept of stepping from genre to genre emerged in the songwriting process, the decision to title the album The Perambulator is a tribute to Milo's father, who passed away during recording. Some story from her life resides in each song.
Tracks were recorded over a period of several years in home studios around the Bay Area. More recording and all mixing were done at co-producer/engineer Matt Cohen’s studio in the historic Coast Recorders building in San Francisco. (It was in fact the last project recorded there before the building was sold to developers.) In addition to writing 9 of the 10 songs featured on the album and singing lead and some backing vocals, Milo played the M-Tron, a software which replicates the Mellotron (an archaic keyboard from the 60’s and early 70’s) on Family Album, Read The Signs, Enchanté Monsieur, and Melt.
The 10 songs on The Perambulator are directly inspired by music Milo grew up with in the 60’s and 70’s. Look Away hints at Bacharach/David and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Family Album features a Beatles-esque vocal arrangement and elements of the Kinks’ Village Green period. Vampire Daddy is a shout-out to The Cramps. The Americana vibe of Read The Signs draws from The Band while Enchanté Monsieur is unabashedly inspired by Roxy Music and French Pop. The sole cover is an R&B classic by Allen Toussaint, A Certain Girl, sung here as A Certain Guy, lovingly butchered in a Devo style.
The Perambulator is available November 30th via iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, and through the online store.