Heart-warming, playful and delicate pop songs from Brooklyn based indie pop group. Formed of members from Bellows, Told Slant, and Florist. Sounding like Sea Oleena having a really good day on an indie film set, these 6 songs follow on from their full length release in 2015. Deluxe edition comes with glorious hardback photo book.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 12 September 2016
Isn’t this lovely. It’s called ‘Year of the Rabbit’ and it’s a bunch of indie pop truthers getting seriously cosy inside some lovely riffs, meek but affectionate vocal harmonies and low-key hooks that’ll matter to you when you hear them alone in your bedroom. It did not surprise me even for a tenth of a second to discover that Felix Walworth has his paws all over this one, contributing riffs and sing-song very similar to his emo-lite band Told Slant while giving room for Gabrielle Smith’s excellent, gently spiralling songwriting to do its thing.
A band comprised of members Told Slant, Bellows and Florist is a great thing indeed, and promises music sparse ‘n’ fine. These six songs will have easy appeal to those who like whispered indie pop songs on the smaller scale of things, Smith’s voice usually ambling along next to synths that beam, but at low volumes, chords that float and a rhythm section that keeps at it like a kettle boiling water. It’s all lovely, in other words, not pushing towards anything too showy and instead delivering lovely little moments of kindred feeling. A piano melody worms its way into the chord prog of “Drunk” before Smith delivers a lyric about playing shows and irksome obligations “Something I said I’d do / I’d rather spend it with you”. This bunch know how to make music thoughtful and simple in one.
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