Reb Fountain has premiered her new video for the track titled ‘Lacuna’. Poetry as a story and a journey captured in music, ‘Lacuna’ is a coming of age and into one’s self announcement and invitation. The music is the soundtrack to such. Welcoming and dissonant. Lucid, distorted, and real. All simultaneously. The difference between love and lust is the connection. Consider ‘Lacuna’ the crossroad to either. The choice you make is the future you take. Now watch the video.
Today, Flying Nun signee Reb Fountain is thrilled to share the third single to be released from the album, the exhilarating and pulsating “Lacuna.” Last month, the New Zealand songwriter announced her upcoming album IRIS, due October 1, 2021. “Lacuna” follows on the heels of the first singles off the album, the yearning, string-adorned “Beastie” and the shimmering, nostalgia-tinged “Heart.”
“Lacuna” is a synth-driven, crooner ballad, calling to mind the unadulterated passion exhibited on Reb Fountain’s previous releases. Speaking on the song, Fountain said: “‘Lacuna’ is the space for our voice to emerge into. A new dance that welcomes you into the void, to the all. It’s a reckoning, an opportunity to expand and contract anew. Welcome.”
The “Lacuna” video was shot in Queenstown, New Zealand by director Lola Fountain-Best. Reb envisioned an exploration and transformation; a dance with our many selves. She fashioned wings out of wire and foliage and they went to work filming rogue amongst autumnal skies and a forest of sunflowers.
Raised in the town of Christchurch, Reb Fountain came up in the tight-knit indie folk scene that produced contemporaries like Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, and Delaney Davidson. Reb made a splash in 2017 with her self-released album Hopeful & Hopeless, winning the New Zealand Music Awards for Best Country Album, Best Folk Album, and Best Country Artist.
This attracted the attention of prestigious New Zealand label Flying Nun Records, who signed the songwriter and released her self-titled debut in March 2020, produced by Neil Finn.
The perfect extension of her 2020 self-titled record, IRIS elevates Reb Fountain’s music to new heights. Reb effortlessly combines pop elements with her trademark noir folk-punk sound; weaving authentic and anthemic tunes that create an instant and indelible impression. IRIS is out via Flying Nun Records on October 1, 2021 on vinyl, CD and digitally.
Recorded at Sublime Studios with co-producers Dave Khan and Simon Gooding, IRIS is a reflection.
Reb on writing the album, “I tried to catch the light refracting – the full saturation of suchness – and remain open to whatever emerged. The space we found at Sublime and the tight-knit connection that we held was intricately woven into the fabric of IRIS during the writing, production and recording process.
IRIS provided me an opportunity to speak my unspoken, to reflect what I have seen and experienced from within and to bear witness. These songs are a reminder of a map to a place we all know. They are a vision of our past, a memory of our future and high beam headlights whether you’re behind the wheel or staring down the barrel of their glare. They are a story of endless unrequited love and the hunt for tethering to a kindred spirit.”
Diving into the deeper meaning of the album’s namesake, Reb says, “Iris is in many ways an unsung hero, known as the goddess of the rainbow, sea and sky, she acts as bridge between the gods to humanity with little of her own story known. So many stories go unheard, so many aspects of our humanity are unsung; visibility is a contested and inequitable space where what is essential, and of beauty, is often ‘invisible’. I wanted and needed to give voice to this essential human spirit; to conjure and hold and commune with the very real, valid and invaluable voices within and around me.”
Reb Fountain won the 2021 Taite Music Prize, was shortlisted for the Silver Scroll Award for her song “Don’t You Know Who I Am,” and the album Reb Fountain was nominated for five New Zealand Music Awards; Album of the Year, Best Alternative, Best Solo Artist, Best Album Artwork and Best Engineer.
Award-winning songwriter, Reb Fountain, is a consummate recording artist and performer; spell-bounding audiences with her music and artistry alike. Throughout 2020, Reb and her all-star band (Dave Khan, Karin Canzek and Earl Robertson) astounded audiences around the country on her sold out album release tour, joined Crowded House on their 13 date “To The Island Tour,” performed at Splore, and honored the great Nick Cave at the sold out Auckland Town Hall shows “The Boy Next Door.”
Reb was born in San Francisco and immigrated with her family from North America to Lyttelton — the quiet port town out of Christchurch that’s been fundamental to New Zealand’s alt-folk scene, raising artists like Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, and Delaney Davidson.
Featured image by Marissa Findlay.