Announce New Album
‘DEEP IN THE BIG’
“Rabbit Island has made me cry more times than funerals. That’s testament to how many shows I’ve seen and how effecting the performance is. I listened to ‘Deep in The Big’ while walking the Bibbulmun track. I cried. It moved with the birds and trees and little streams and made me think it was probably a good idea to jump in water naked. It flows with the curves of The Big into shapes and sounds that might be the Fibonacci sequence or the eternal flow of consciousness. It is very hard to give Rabbit Island’s music a genre. It feels an immoral slight of pen – so let’s go hyphen crazy and say ambient-psych-folk.” – Nicholas Allbrook (Pond)
August 17 will see Perth’s angelic Rabbit Island release her newest album; Deep in The Big via Bedroom Suck / Remote Control. Today to celebrate the news, Rabbit Island have shared the title track, which premiered on RTR FM this morning. Catch Rabbit Island perform live in Melbourne playing five shows from Friday 29 June – Wednesday 4 July. Full tour details are below.
Deep in The Big is a pure experience that will take listeners somewhere beautiful and new. It is a culmination of the music Amber Fresh is known and adored for in her hometown Perth, and beyond. Amber’s approach is more multifaceted than any press release can indicate (experimental / bedroom pop / dream pop / psych-folk / ambient / alternative / lo-fi / indie would be deemed too long to attach to most record spines). Imagine psych-pop without the drums, or Arthur Russell without the cello (actually there is some cello). Her new album recalls Beach House, Cat Power, Julianna Barwick, Grouper, but Rabbit Island shoots for her own constellation of sound, lands there, and doesn’t look back. Deep in The Big is big, lush, ambient, and deep, but as Amber will say “It’s still songs, you know?”
Aden Senycia recorded Deep in The Big and mixed it with Amber who played piano, organ, guitar and many effects. Her friend, band mate and collaborator Nicholas Allbrook played guitar and sang, and a few other friends dipped a sound, a conversation, and a cello (Tristan Parr, Benjamin Witt, Peter Bibby) in too.
The record was recorded in Melbourne and Ocean Beach (Wurundjeri and Whadjuk land) in 2015 in the soft wooden rooms of Soundpark Studio and by the sea at producer Aden Senycia’s Soft Machine studio. The songs were written mainly on Nyoongar land. Mastering was done at Poons Head with Rob Grant (Tame Impala, POND, Jeff Martin, Death Cab for Cutie, Melody’s Echo Chamber).
‘Deep in The Big’
Stream / Download
Friday, 29 June
The Tote, Melbourne
w/ Jaala (album launch), Palm Springs, Cyanide
Saturday, 30 June
Brunswick Music Studio, Melbourne
w/ Maxine Funke (NZ), The Finks, Snake & Friends
Monday, 2 July
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
w/ Mio, Lyndon Blue & Ostraaly
Tuesday, 3 July
w/ Stefan Blair (Good Morning)
Wednesday, 4 July
Bedroom Suck Changes Showcase, The Gasometer
w/ Good Morning, Jaala (solo) & Lehmann B. Smith
Rabbit Island – Deep in The Big
1. Boxing Day
3. Deep in The Big
5. 11, 12, 13
6. The Gold Hall Beckons
7. Louie’s Song
8. Jonah’s Dream, On the Rocks
Rabbit Island – Deep in The Big
is out Friday 17 August via Bedroom Suck / Remote Control Records.
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