What do you get when you put five experienced musicians and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James in an old house situated in bucolic wine country? The band Amo Amo.
The members, longtime friends who have played together in many iterations, are Omar Velasco, Shane Mckillop (Gardens & Villa), Justin Flint, Love Femme and Alex Siegel.
James, a fan of their music from previous incarnations, signed on to record their songs in a house north of Santa Barbara that had no cell service or internet. Three weeks later, Amo Amo had a freewheeling collection of songs embracing vibey ’70s soft-rock and beyond. First single “I Wish I Had the Power” twinkles through a funk-lite universe that has a big, welcoming heart; female vocals smolder through the soulful slow jam “The Only Thing I Got to Live for Is Love.”