[ Leflse Records / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 31 October 2014
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Drawing influence from the wet, windblown landscapes of coastal New Zealand, French for Rabbits hail from the remote natural setting of Waikuku Beach, in NZ's South Island. Songwriter and vocalist Brooke Singer expresses intimate narratives against the cast of the damp colonial cold; her voice delicately steeled against the eerie instrumentation of her bandmates. It's a weather-beaten dreamscape, nostalgic for warmth and hopefully lilting towards sunnier climes.
Their debut EP Claimed by the Sea saw French for Rabbits welcomed for their dream-cast folk in their native New Zealand. A PLAN remix of the EP's title track caused the band to shift their focus towards an international realm, packing their bags to tour extensively through Europe and the UK in 2013 (including the Garden Party, Wilderness Festival and The Great Escape).
While the warm instrumentation lends itself to pleasant comparisons with the Paisley West Coast pop-rock stylings of bands like Mazzy Star, French for Rabbits are infused with a cold, brooding gaze evident through carefully decaying beats and glacial guitars akin to Laura Marling or Daughter on opiates. Mastered in Chicago by Carl Saff, first single Goat is garnering appreciative reviews. 'Goat rocks you slowly to sleep with a sleepy lead guitar and brushy percussion which builds into a semi-choral tidal wave.' [hhhhappy.com, January 2014].
Returning to hole up in their antipodean home, French for Rabbits spent months in between shows carefully cutting and crafting road-tested songs into their debut LP Spirits. A 7" recording of road-tested tracks Goat/The Other Side released on (Lefse Records/Fat Possum) saw French for Rabbits' potent emotional warmth intrigue new fans worldwide. The new LP is to be released internationally on Lefse Records (a sub of renowned Fat Possum), while locally, Spirits is released on diligent indie label Home Alone Music.
Woke Up To A Storm
Hard Luck Stories
Gone Gone Gone
The Other Side