In September The Rabbitts – a folk duo and couple – will release a six song EP recorded entirely in their Citroen Dispatch (small builders van). The EP represents the couples' various experiences living in vans over the last 3 years.
The songs are sincerely delivered, and will challenge listeners to follow them somewhere new and undiscovered. They share the lead vocal role and their beautiful harmonies nest perfectly in a bed of acoustic instruments. Lucy has a unique mandolin style which is complemented by Odhran’s imaginative finger-style guitar arrangements, while bass, percussion, and the effects used add further depth to their psychedelic masterpiece.
After escaping the trap of extortionate rent by opting for ‘van life’ in 2017, the couple saved up for the recording of their debut album ‘Tall Pines & Tangled Vines’ which was released in 2018 while the pair lived in Canada. Celebrating the release of their album they embarked on a coast to coast Canadian tour travelling East from Vancouver. The tour was carefully organised, allowing them time to absorb the landscapes and bask in nature on a scale neither had experienced before. It was during these immersions, away from cities, crowds and phone signals in which they began writing ‘Seeking Shade’.
Unfortunately their incredible experience was tainted by a sense of fear. During their tour they drove through immense blankets of smoke – the result of raging forest fires in the Canadian interior. They also witnessed the severity of glacial retreat in the Rocky Mountains. These experiences, alongside the 2018 IPCC report, resulted in a lot of tension and anxiety that manifested itself in the EP. Lyrics such as ‘we’ve been running out of time, the cracks, they are showing’, and ‘don’t you say to me, that our ways will never change, you’ll be the last’ convey the turmoil felt while writing the EP. More obvious perhaps, is the harmonic tension and dissonant melodies that feature on a number of the tracks.
Upon returning to the UK they began searching for a suitable van to convert into a home on wheels. They bought the smallest most efficient van they could reasonably fit in (alongside their instruments of course!) as their intimate connection with ‘van life’ and travelling has provided a growing sense of guilt and hypocrisy. Ultimately they want to settle down, grow vegetables, and work on their music – living harmoniously with nature.
They finished writing the EP in the summer of 2019 and recording began in the winter– which proved difficult. All the noises that the human brain usually filters out became frustratingly obvious. Working around the rain (incredibly noisy on a van roof) during the wettest months of the year was extremely limiting when combined with the search for locations away from the roaring sound of traffic. However, they did have success in Norfolk and South Wales before travelling along the Southern Coast of Ireland and spending time on a farm in County Kerry. Keeping their fingers warm and nimble was tricky but regular cups of tea, a few candles, and a mild winter helped a lot.
Recording finished in January and the EP was then mixed by Rory Macdonald of Orchid Studios in Vancouver. Using his highly trained ears and some quirky vintage effects, he has carefully helped design the EP’s mysterious and psychedelic soundscape.
‘Seeking Shade’ will be released on the 25th of September. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the pandemic they don’t know when they can return to the stage – but they are ready.
Seeking Shade track list:
2. Jasmine (Single, released September 10th)
3. Warm Water (Single, released August 7th)
5. Blue Echo (Single, released August 14th)
Seeking Shade credits:
All songs written and performed by The Rabbitts
Recorded by The Rabbitts in their van
Mixed by Rory Macdonald at Electric Maple Tree Studios
Mastered by Greg Mindorf at Suite Sound Labs
The Rabbitts are a couple in love; two travellers with a passion for music. Lucy and Odhran met whilst at university in the UK and have been sharing a love of music and adventure ever since. Their songs are acoustic at heart but experimental in nature; they challenge their listeners to follow them to new and undiscovered places. Sharing the role as lead vocalists their creative harmonies nest perfectly in a bed of acoustic instruments. Lucy has a unique mandolin style which is complemented by Odhran’s imaginative finger-style guitar arrangements, while bass, percussion, and the effects used add further depth to their work.
In 2016 they wrote the song ’Avocado Ginger Tree’ and realised they had something special and unique to share. They moved to Canada later on that year and released their debut EP ‘Avocado Ginger Tree’ in 2017. After six months of living in their van they managed to save up for the recording of their album ‘Tall Pines & Tangled Vines’, which was released in 2018. Following the release they embarked on a coast to coast tour of Canada before returning to the UK and buying another van which would soon become their new home on wheels. Their tracks have frequently aired on BBC Introducing; gathered more than 60,000 downloads on Jamendo, and have had over than 70,000 streams on Spotify. They have been performing regularly in London and Norwich, and in 2019 they made their first festival appearance at ‘Home Farm Fest’ in Somerset.
The Rabbitts recently finished recording an EP in their van whilst travelling through the UK and Ireland. The new songs delve deeper into previously explored themes of love and the natural world, but with a psychedelic twist. They finished recording in January 2020 and comes out on the 25th of September.
On 'Warm Water': "The song’s charm is carefully created with the magical mandolin and guitar
playing. Lucy and Odhran’s dazzling voices intertwine beautifully in this delicate
and ethereal atmosphere." - Tonic Grain
On 'Jasmine': "This moody track will take you on an unknown journey where you will get hooked
by the first verse. The lyrics are written like a poetic story that you sit around the
campfire to listen to." Ella Rae, Reignland Magazine
On 'Blue Echo': "The song "Blue Echo" is dedicated to the light spiritual anguish. In its dynamism, you can feel the outlines of landscapes flying non-stop outside the window of the van." - Underrated
"There’s nothing quite like a good “weird” folk record to subvert the nonsensical folk hybrids – this one is both hip and traditionally strange."- Jake Tully, Moxipop
“If you take a listen and close your eyes, The Rabbitts give you a sense of wonderment, internal reflection, and a feeling of peace as their music hits your soul.” - The Music Court
"The Rabbitts embrace a minimalist beauty, exemplifying their knack for a gorgeous vocal delivery and their myriad of instrumental techniques." - Jonathan Frahm, For Folk's Sake