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 NZonAir 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.
In 2013, the duo will be recording their debut album, and travel to Europe is on the cards.
“Brooke has this beguiling voice that is sure to add French For Rabbits to the list of New Zealand’s exports before long, overwhelmingly beautiful.”…(Just Music I Like)
“Claimed By The Sea is the duo’s debut EP, a gorgeous collection of woozy vocals and reverberating instrumentation” … (bitzlr.com)