If you’ve been reading over the last month or so, you’d likely notice how much I’m enjoying the music coming from Rabbit Island. Amber Fresh originally recorded the music in an empty kitchen for her family back in 2013, but the song’s have recently been remastered and set for release as Songs for Kids. The songs, like the one below, are so simple in their presentation, providing both a sense of intimacy and wonderment as Fresh teaches life lessons through song. This one feels like the perfect way to start off the week, as its providing instructions on how to have a nice day. Songs for Kids is available via Bedroom Suck Records.
Years back, when her niece was 2 years old, Amber Fresh wrote a collection of songs, recorded them to tape, and gave them to her niece. These tracks have been unearthed and remastered for her Rabbit Island project, and they’re the perfect way to spend the early hours of your Monday. All of the songs are quietly strummed, with Fresh’s voice matching those tones. But, for me, there’s a timelessness to the lyrical content, particularly for a father of an almost 2 year old (especially in today’s climate). It features great lines like “some days you’ll have to eat cupcakes to feel good” and “not every day can be the best day.” Sure, they hit home for a child, but they should resonate with all of us. Songs for Kids will be released on April 24th via Bedroom Suck Records.
Sometimes we miss out on true beauty, so if you didn’t listen to Deep in the Big, the 2018 LP from Rabbit Island, you should remedy that. If you choose not to, so be it, but at least play the video below to hear the her latest offering. This tune comes off Songs for Kids, which was one of Amber Fresh’s earliest recordings, done in a Melbourne kitchen at a friend’s house; it’s since been remastered, though the intimacy of the recording is certainly not lost. Fresh wrote these songs for her niece, who was two at the time, so while they’re gentle and soothing, they also offer this sense of wonderment that’s certain to charm. The reissued album will be available from Bedroom Suck Records on April 24th.
I greatly appreciate Cyanide Thornton today. I’ve got several other Aussie acts on the table today, but this one steps out from my expectations of the region (I’m a pigeonholing jerkstore, I know). Sienna Thornton has this breathy vocal delivery, deep in her register, which might draw some comparisons to Courtney Barnett; it’s great to find her notes wrapped in the rest of the band’s notes, adding textured depth. Most of the tune is fairly relaxed, sitting back waiting to suck you into the sound…go ahead and give in to it. The group will release their self-titled LP on November 9th via Bedroom Suck Records.
I can always count on Bedroom Suck Records to keep me in the know when it comes to the Aussie music scene (among other labels of course). What I’ve grown to appreciate about the label, and come to think of it, most of the Australian labels is that they don’t seem too intent on always operating with the same musical styles. Take this brand new Cyanide Thornton tune that they just released; it spends almost two minutes exploring various sonic textures, building you a world where its safe for the lyrics to come into play. Once Sienna enters the fray, she controls the listener with ups and down in pitch, smoothed out notes follow. Musically, the landscape of the track has these folk motifs, but the latter half has the faintest hint of post-punk laying in wait. The self-titled album will drop on November 9th.
Admittedly, when I stumbled upon the music of Rabbit Island, I knew very little of Amber Fresh and her project. But, with her forthcoming album, she seems to have struck a cord within me that’s not easily ignored. For instance, this track has this emotive organ as the key musical element; I, oddly, don’t even think it needs much more than that. Amber operates between spoken word and half-hearted song throughout, and its her dedication to musical patience that draws you further into the depths of the song. Deep In the Big is going to take me on a magical journey, and I couldn’t be happier about it; it drops this week via Bedroom Suck Records.
I was blown away by the first single from Rabbit Island‘s forthcoming LP, but I’m putting that aside to fall head over heels in love with this new number. There’s a delicate nature to this track, as if it could be shattered like a window…it adds strength to the tunes emotive qualities. Amber’s voice glides across the mix with gentle ebbs and flows atop the piano work that serves as the song’s backbone; it comes across like words dancing upon the wind, dancing their way into your subconscious, their new home. The new album, Deep in the Big, will be released on August 17th via Bedroom Suck Recods/Remote Control.
Always keeping my ear to the seas, word’s been spreading about Australia’s Rabbit Island for some time, and today we get a glimpse of why Amber Fresh’s project is riding the whispers of hype. This track is very bare and emotional; it revolves entirely around Fresh and a piano, with the ivory keys striking a solemn tone. Her voice has this innocence to it, with her words showing us a more playful side of songwriting. The world will all get to hear her new album, Deep in the Big, when it’s released by Bedroom Suck Records/Remote Control on August 17th.
Just a few weeks ago I shared with you a tune from Lehmann B Smith, who is set to release his 7th album, Poplar Music, at the end of May. Today, there’s another track floating about from overseas, though this one features Sarah Farquharson of the Finks providing vocals. One listen through, and the title begins to make sense, as there’s definitely a modern vibe of tropicalia crafted here…and wrapping it all up with an emphatic burst of poppy psych exuberance. Look for Poplar Music to drop via Bedroom Suck Records on May 25th.
Just a few weeks ago we were alerted to the news that Aussie act Good Morning would finally be releasing a new full-length via Bedroom Suck Records. And now, we’ve got two new tracks to sit back and enjoy this morning, reveling in the duo’s songwriting. “Just a Man” is slightly playful, though it draws in some folk traditions, particularly in the way the vocals are presented. “For a Little While” is more of a slow burner, working over electronic beats and piano to craft a powerful ballad. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, give these a listen, as I’m sure you won’t be let down. Prize//Reward will drop on may 11th.