Album Review



by French For Rabbits

Lefse Records / Home Alone Music
7 / 10
9th December 2014

Reviewed by Paul Larsen

Dream pop duo, French For Rabbits have been simmering away on the edge of the Wellington and Christchurch folk scenes since as far back as 2011. Itís not been until the last year or so that things have begun to accelerate however. Not least of all, the number of band members, with the addition of a full time bassist and drummer adding a fuller and more complex sound to the groupís wistful songwriting on their debut full length record, Spirits.

According to vocalist and keyboardist, Brooke Singer, the band intended the 10 tracks that make up Spirits to be lo-fi in production and reasonably sparse, but she describes the end result as ďa bit more... strangeĒ. As non-descript as that is, itís actually quite a fitting way of describing the recordsí sound. The meshing of desperately melancholic lyrics with feather-light guitars and keys seems like a straightforward equation but every now and then the introduction of an offbeat drum hit or layered echo will throw up an unexpected result.

While Spirits is by no means a raucous record, there are enough lively moments sprinkled throughout to make you sit up and listen, including the wonderfully paced ĎLeaní and album closer ĎSeafarerí (with one of the sweetest guitar pieces heard in a long time) which keep the album from being so weightless as to float away entirely. Fans of intricate and engaging folk neednít look further than Spirits.

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