Saturday, November 23, 2013

Artist of the Day: Graph Rabbit

With a barren release schedule and the end of year list-athon fast approaching, late November is a window most music fans use to gaze back over the past 11 months, evaluating, re-listening and, of course, ranking their favourites in obsessive, time-honoured fashion. Clearly, some records are always going to be more prominent in our thinking ]than others, and this time last year it was Brooklyn's Graph Rabbit who occupied the forefront of my own mental rundown. A serene, slow-burning wintry masterpiece, Snowblind perhaps made a bigger impression on me than any other record in 2012, and although word of its existence barely escaped blogs such as our own, it was an entrance which truly felt like the beginning of something valuable.

Sadly, there's no word of a follow-up just yet, though the duo have staved our hunger with a new, non-album single; a typically hypnotic reinterpretation of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." Available on a limited run of 250 white 12" vinyl, the take applies their signature ambient tranquility to one of rock's most covered songs, with Austin Donohue's dazzling falsetto piercing a bed of sumptuous dreamy synths and their first recorded use of percussion. It may only be a precursor to a more eventful 2014, but for fans and Floyd fanatics alike, it's an offshoot that's well worth pursuing.


"Comfortably Numb" is out now. You can purchase the 12" here.

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