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French for Rabbits: The Overflow Album Release Tour

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French for Rabbits: The Overflow Album Release Tour

8:00pm, Fri 13 May, 2022
The Tuning Fork, Auckland accessibility-icon
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New Zealand dream-pop luminaries French For Rabbits are thrilled to be able to tour their critically acclaimed, prophetic and Taite Music Award Nominated third LP, The Overflow.

Says bandleader Brooke Singer of the nationwide tour; "We are SO excited to finally announce this album release tour for our new album 'The Overflow'. We're thrilled to be able to travel and perform the length and breadth of our beautiful country and meet friends and fans along the way. Our hometown show at the historical Old St Paul's in Thorndon, Wellington will be really special”.

Brooke continues “We want to emphasize that your optimistic ticket-purchasing is greatly appreciated - ticket sales help us, the ticketing agents, booking agents, and the venues get back on our feet”.

*In the event of a show cancellation or postponement, ticket holders will be contacted directly and a full refund available at the point of purchase.

The Overflow 

Out now via AAA records (NZ/AUS), Reckless Yes (UK) and A Modest Proposal (Italy) and is out in digital formats, CD, and on limited-edition vinyl.

Every song here is beautifully written and immaculately constructed…  the album is faultless.” - Tony Stamp, RNZ - The Sampler (RNZ Top Albums Of 2021)

Further refining their melodic pop and exploratory electronic sensibilities into a quietly magical, emotionally transporting sound that's all their own” - Undertheradar 

Folktronica five-piece French For Rabbits seduce, puzzle and charm” - The New Zealand Listener 

French For Rabbits have created a space between psych-folk and dream-pop, and they occupy it with quiet assurance and this collection of repeat-play songs and lyrics which stand a close reading.” Graham Reid, elsewhere.co.nz

French for Rabbits have dedicated nearly a decade to creating warmly detailed and expansive music together. They emerged from a vibrant local folk scene alongside Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding and Tiny Ruins

Led by songwriter and producer Brooke Singer, the project came to life when she started working with guitarist John Fitzgerald in the coastal township of Waikuku Beach back in 2012. His minimalist, shimmering guitar lines proved to be the backbone of their early work, and over the years the band has expanded to include multi-instrumentalists Ben Lemi and Penelope Esplin alongside drummer Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa.

Together they’ve toured in the US and Europe, opening for acts such as Lorde, Agnes Obel and performed at SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, WOMAD and in a castle for a fan’s wedding in Switzerland.

Their 2021 release The Overflow follows on from their elegantly stated second LP, The Weight of Melted Snow (2017), their 2014 break-out Spirits, and the 2012 New Zealand Music Award-nominated EP Claimed by the Sea.

On The Overflow, the group offer up their most compelling, vibrant work, weaving gossamer vocals and storytelling across ten dark and anthemic tunes with folk-pop hooks. The album celebrates the introverts' spirit and expresses nostalgia in climate grief - with understated strength and breathtaking fragility.

Brooke says, "The creation of our third album was very creatively freeing and intuitive. I really love what we've made. It's my favourite record of ours. I think we found a middle ground between the complexity and nuance we love, and some more immediately accessible, big honest feelings."

The album was recorded with NZ producer/musician Jol Mulholland (Tami Neilson, Neil Finn, Delaney Davidson, Troy Kingi) in Wellington at The Surgery and in Auckland at The Lab, with mastering by Carl Saff in Chicago.