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French For Rabbits - Single Review: Highest Hill

05 Dec 2018 // A review by Bridie Thomson
"You took my high, higher than the highest hill and then you took me low, lower than I’ve ever felt."


French for Rabbits are a two-piece dream-pop band from Wellington. The band consists of Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald whose talents have marked the 6-year mark of creating music together. They bring an atmospheric and gentle element to each production. Brooke’s voice is a strong but subtle energy that not only creates a calming resonance but manages to grasp you with each lyric sung.

Highest Hill is their brand-new single created for the 2017 released album, The Weight of Melted Snow, which will be released again, now internationally in 2019 before the band plays SXSW - one of the world's biggest arts and music festivals held in Austin, Texas.

Waking up, brewing a cup of coffee and embodying this song into my morning was a lovely experience. The guitar alone charmed the start of my day and aided the sunshine flooding through the kitchen window, complimented by a slight breeze sweeping in. This simple, physical experience aided by the song was almost magical and an example of how perfect this song, and even album is for the moments you just want to float by.

In contrast to the dreamy instrumentals of Highest Hill you would often expect some lyrics about love, lust, anything that leaves you in a dream-like state. That’s not necessarily the case with this song. While it is about love it’s not about the consistency you wish for. We find Brooke singing of betrayal, hurt and has a brutally honest statement of ‘I wanted you to feel as hollow as I felt”. This contrast really gives us something exciting and unexpected and also relatable. It’s not sung with anger but sung with pure honesty.

French for Rabbits have consistently impressed and delighted fans for years and this song is no different. Fans overseas will finally have full access to the album on all streaming and purchasing platforms.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About French For Rabbits

Hailing from New Zealand, haunting dream-folk duo French For Rabbits have been quietly building a reputation for their sad yet brave songs. Since releasing their debut EP Claimed By The Sea in March 2012, they have gathered a dedicated fan-base around the globe with handwritten letters and home-assembled albums.

The authenticity of their songs and their engaging live shows has resulted in student radio play in New Zealand, support in the UK from BBC 6 presenters Gideon Coe, Tom Ravenscroft and The Shed’s Mark Coles, and a nomination for Best Folk Album of 2013 for the New Zealand music awards. They have also received funding from NZ On Air for a single and video due out later this year.

Brooke Singer, who is the fragile voiced songstress and writer for the duo, began performing with guitarist John Fitzgerald in 2011. Determined to overcome an acute fear of singing in public, the pair shifted to Wellington from their hometown of Christchurch and set about tentatively performing at an intimate open mic at a local café. They have since toured nationally in New Zealand, and played alongside the likes of Jess Chambers, Darren Hanlon and Tiny Ruins.

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Releases

Spirits
Year: 2014
Type: Album
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