French for Rabbits band members John Fitzgerald and Brooke Singer decided to write about ‘breaking free’ after their personal relationship ended.
When two members of Wellington-based band French for Rabbits ended their personal relationship they decided to write about it, and they will perform songs from the resulting album, Weight of Melted Snow, at Leigh Sawmill Cafe on April 9.
The album is intimate and confessional, imbued with respect, understanding, and loss.
French for Rabbits formed in 2011, when songwriter and pianist Brooke Singer and guitarist John Fitzgerald began writing and recording lo-fi demos of ambient dream-folk in the small coastal township of Waikuku Beach.
When Brooke and John chose to end their personal relationship, they decided to keep writing music together. They say that ultimately, it is an album about breaking free and letting go. To introduce the album, they released ‘One and Only’ as a “soliloquy to a changing relationship, written in a moment of realisation at the transitory nature of life”.
Brooke and John will be joined by drummer Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (Glass Vaults), multi-instrumentalists Ben Lemi (Trinity Roots) and Penelope Esplin.
The Weight of Melted Snow is the band’s second album and was released on March 10, followed by a national tour. The band’s previous recordings include Spirits (2014) and a six-song EP, Claimed by the Sea (2012).