RNZ Music is proud to present the new single and video from Wellington dream-pop group French For Rabbits. ‘The Dark Arts’ is the first single from their forthcoming third album, due out mid next year.
- French for Rabbits are playing at Wellington's City Gallery this Friday at 4pm and 7.30pm | Click here for details
Vocalist and songwriter Brooke Singer describes The Dark Arts as “not about the occult but about hoarding, a topic woefully underrated in music”.
A tongue in cheek explanation for a song that vividly explores love and loss and how we hold onto objects for sentimental reasons.
The song's video is based on one simple idea: dust. Brooke explains: “Dust is a reminder of things that were there before, the artefacts of living."
Filmed in a 1960’s church hall, which is currently for sale, Brooke was drawn to its tall triangular form and wood panelled walls.
"We went in one evening as the sun was setting with a vacuum bag of dust, and a camera. A bit of spontaneity and luck provided us with a piano, some artfully placed chairs, and we also glimpsed two magnificent dogs walking past with their owner."
The video was created by cinematographer Ted Whitaker, directed by Brooke herself with ‘dust delivery’ assistance by Penelope Esplin.
'The Dark Arts' was engineered by Jol Mulholland, mastered by Carl Saff with additional strings by Katie Mosehauer.
Upcoming French for Rabbits shows:
- Wellington - 12 December | City Gallery (4pm & 7.30pm)
- Christchurch - 23 December | Grater Goods
- Auckland Arts Festival - 18 March | The Civic