New Zealand band French for Rabbits were scheduled to be working on a new album this month. They recorded the majority of the record in February but the remainder of the process has understandably slowed down during the lockdown around the country.
However, despite this they have conjured up a haunting song of hope titled ‘The Tunnel’ which will be out this Friday (7pm NZT) exclusively on Bandcamp*. It will then be released on streaming platforms on May 29th.
What makes the release of the song particularly unusual for the band who craft intricately detailed and ethereal dream-pop, is the time between writing and release. Just five days ago on Sunday afternoon, Brooke Singer sat down and penned the song, and immediately decided to release it that week.
What followed was a whirlwind two days of recording and mixing (with drums added by bandmate Ben Lemi in his own home studio bubble) before it was sent off on Wednesday to be mastered at Kog Studio. The minimalist single cover was designed by illustrator Amy Van Lujk on Thursday.
Of the song, Brooke Singer explains… “Like everyone I’ve been trying to make sense of this sudden shift in the way we live. We’re all cooped up in isolation, the future is uncertain and many of our lives, plans and dreams are on hold. The song is a reminder that there is a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.
I thought it was a timely sentiment, so we’re releasing it for anyone who needed a calming mantra to get them through...”
There is also a B-side to the release, a remix of 2019 single ‘Middle of the House’ by US producer Altia.
*to coincide with the Bandcamp initiative where 100% of proceeds go directly to musicians from 7pm NZT Friday evening to 7pm on Saturday.
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