Every month, Wellington City Libraries acquires new CD’s for its large, broad, eclectic collection, and Wellington music is no exception. We regularly inspect local music websites, trawl music vendors latest releases and check out independent labels like Flying Nun, Arch Hill, Rattle and Lil’ Chief for the latest in Wellington and New Zealand music. So, with this influx of mint music in mind, every two months we’ll provide the latest titles and artists added to our Wellington music collection…
Originally from Christchurch vocalist and pianist Brooke Singer and guitarist John Fitzgerald moved to Wellington in 2011 and formed, ‘French for Rabbits’, later fleshing out their sound with local musicians Hikurangi Scheverin-Kaa (City oh Sigh) on drums, and Ben Lemi Wood (Trinity Roots, Newtown Rocksteady) playing bass and singing harmonies. ‘Spirits’ is their first full album release after the 2012 EP ‘Claimed by the Sea’ and is full of dreamy, melancholic landscapes. Singer’s lovely delicate voice, glides ethereally over Fitzgerald’s sinuous guitar lines that at times resemble David Roback’s work with ‘Mazzy Star’. The tempo gets a bit more upbeat on tracks like ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ and ‘Nursery Rhymes’ which channel a more shimmering indie-pop vibe, and the whole album benefits from the expanded musical palette that that the new band members bring as well as the introduction of some lush strings on several tracks.
Allmusic 4 star review….
You can buy ‘Spirits’ from their Bandcamp page here.