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 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)

Compilation Album – AUTUMN 2015 – OUT NOW

Home Alone Music

AUTUMN 2015 (a compilation album)

Item/Product Number – HAM016 (DIGITAL/CASSETTE)

Release Date – May 22nd, 2015

Home Alone Music is very excited to announce the release of AUTUMN 2015, a new cassette/digital compilation. This album follows the small Wellington label’s previous seasonal sampler, SUMMER 2012 – a limited edition lathe cut release.

AUTUMN 2015 features unreleased songs from Home Alone bands French for Rabbits, Urbantramper and Eb & Sparrow.  The cassette and corresponding digital release will be the only way to get hold of these songs – none will be released on future albums.

The album also showcases radio hit ‘Good Keen Man’ by Lake South, an unreleased version of City Oh Sigh’s ‘Still Let Me In’, and a live performance of ‘When You Find That Love’ from Timothy Blackman’s last (but not final) performance in downtown Auckland. It is rounded out with new material from Home Alone friends Glass Vaults, Womb (Charlotte Forrester), Fraser Ross and Oscar Doorne.

 

Side A

Lake South – Good Keen Man

Womb – Airplane #1

French for Rabbits – Holding Hands

City Oh Sigh – Still Let Me In

Oscar Doorne – Loyalty

 

Side B

Eb & Sparrow – Tried So Hard

Fraser Ross – Lead Me Out Tonight

Glass Vaults – Ancient Gates

Urbantramper – Karori Afternoon Existentialism

Timothy Blackman – When You Find That Love (Live)

 

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Get the album digitally or on limited edition cassette through the Home Alone Music bandcamp page (www.homealonemusic.bandcamp.com).

Thanks for your support!.

 

Nostalgia Trip: new video from French for Rabbits

Dream-pop duo French for Rabbits have released a new video for their song Gone Gone Gone. It is off their debut LP Spirits released late October last year on Lefse Records and in New Zealand on Home Alone Music.

Filmed in three different places around the world over six months, it is a remembrance of trips to the seaside in Portugal; water fights on cliffs, and shared tales from an elderly man. It is bitterly cold winds by the dazzling sea in New Zealand, flocks of seagulls, and hand-knotted swings; unfurling kites, and being eaten by ants in Indonesia.

Directed by Brooke Singer, Filmed by Brooke Singer & Jacob Perkins, Edited by Ready! Steady! Studio!

Watch it here: Gone Gone Gone

Home Alone Music Xmas Party 2013

 

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Home Alone Music warmly invites you to our third annual Christmas Party. As per tradition, we will be holding the concert in an intimate location (previous venues include Evil Genius, Aro Valley Hall and mid-winter at The Moorings) featuring the Home Alone family; the wonderful City Oh Sigh, haunting dream-folksters French for Rabbits, anti-folk hero Timothy Blackman and electro-utopian trio Urbantramper.

Tickets are strictly limited and can be bought from here: http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/3251/Home-Alone-Music-Xmas-Party-2013.utr

We have found a great location near central Wellington/Newtown, and will be providing some food and drink, but BYO booze. The party also doubles as the release of City Oh Sigh’s new music video and single from their debut album due out early next year.

It has been a great year for Home Alone Music, with a string of releases; Timothy Blackman’s much admired ‘This Country’ EP, Urbantramper’s brilliant ‘Tomorrow We Leave Here’, and French for Rabbits dreamy single ‘Goat’. This will be the first show back in New Zealand for French for Rabbits since their successful 45-date tour through Europe. Performances on the night will be recorded for a potential H.A.M compilation live release.

We’d love to share our celebrations with you.

New French for Rabbits video and single

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE NEW VIDEO

Music videos have become a dime a dozen- often thrown out into the slightly scary and infinite Internet wilderness never to be seen again. Community record label Home Alone Music decided to celebrate the release of Wellington dream-folk duo French for Rabbits new song Goat and its corresponding video into this wilderness, with a well-wishing party at Wellington book lover’s treasure trove, Pegasus Books.

On the back of these well-wishes the video and song will be available online from Monday 10th June. Goat, which was premiered in late May on BBC 6 in the UK, is the first new material from the duo since their 2012 EP release Claimed by the Sea. The slow-burning song is a lament on stubbornness and being sorry. It was recorded in Wellington’s Blue Barn studio with producer David Parker of Little Monster Studio with the help of NZonAIR funding.

The video was filmed over three days at Ngawi on Wairarapa’s rugged coastline- an adventure involving breaking into key-less holiday homes, traipsing through graveyards of sheep-bones, ribbons in trees, and a few million mosquitos. It was directed by Wellington-based film-photographer Misma Andrews, in her first foray into the ‘moving picture’ world. In collaboration with Ready! Steady! Studios she has created a video reminiscent of her dark and dreamy portraits; inspired by wild, untamed landscapes and ritual acts of atonement.

The song will be available for a limited time as a ‘pay what you like’ download on French for Rabbits Bandcamp. Later in June and July the duo will be performing 4 concerts in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington before the head to Europe to swan around in France and play shows in the UK.

www.frenchforrabbits.bandcamp.com

French for Rabbits say “Au Revoir”.
Sun 9 June- Pegasus Books, Wellington w/Timothy Blackman and Amiria Grenell
Friday 21 June- Tommy Changs, Lyttelton w/ Luckless
Sat 22 June- Darkroom, Christchurch w/ Rob Grover
Sat 29 June- Wine Cellar, Auckland w/ Paper Cranes
Sat 6 July- The Moorings, Wellington – Home Alone Music mid-winter Christmas party