- An Interview with French For Rabbits Jammerzine Exclusive 29:17
Jammerzine has an exclusive interview with Brooke Singer from French For Rabbits. Today also marks the release of their new album titled ‘The Overflow’.
The album marks a vivid sonic journey, of which you make while you listen, with ‘The Overflow’ as a companion. This is an album that can become a part of you if you let it. And let it you will, with subtle hooks and beautiful harmonies accompanied by a lush audio-scape filled with dreams of the imagination and words from the heart.
And in this interview we talk with Brooke about ‘The Overflow’ as well as the origins of French For Rabbits and where things are headed. Enjoy!
About French For Rabbits
Surfacing nearly a decade ago from long oceanic shores, dream-pop luminaries French for Rabbits create music that feels like it has been crafted from the fabric of the New Zealand landscape and psyche – with its salty waves, isolated coastlines, expansive skies and friendly, approachable people. That is to say, their music is both intimate and expansive, welcoming and wary, poetic but piercing.
They emerged from a vibrant local folk scene alongside Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding and Tiny Ruins. Together, the band have released three records – New Zealand Music Award nominated EP Claimed by the Sea; Spirits, which includes the poetic and emotive singles “Goat” and “The Other Side;” and The Weight of Melted Snow. They’ve toured in the US and Europe, opening for acts such as Lorde, Agnes Obel and performed at SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, WOMAD and in a castle for a fan’s wedding in Switzerland. Despite racking up millions of streams and seeing their music appear in shows from Vampire Diaries to Being Human, the band have remained close to their DIY roots co-running local label Home Alone, and performing in various other bands in their Wellington home-town.
In their new material found on The Overflow, the self-confessed anxious introvert Singer is both judge, and comforter. On its title track there is a battle of head over heart, as she seeks to rationalize the mechanics of a panic attack – yet, the song is weightless and optimistically bright in delivery. These subtle juxtapositions are at the center of their work.