Following their performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. last week, Graph Rabbit – the duo of Austin Donohue (guitar, vocals) and Shy Kedmi (analogue synths) – release their debut album Snowblind today via Butterscotch Records.
Snowblind takes a musically minimalist approach: one finger picked guitar, a pair of curiously small analog synths (knows as a Pocket Piano) and Donohue‘s singularly beautiful voice send Snowblind soaring while the eerie rattle of sleigh bells, twinkling glockenspiel, and vintage Estonian hand bells lace the songs with unexpected textures. Snowblind, a concept album, follows an unnamed character through a dreamy snowscape where he repeatedly falls asleep and wakes to wander again. The album is produced by Allen Farmelo (The Cinematic Orchestra, Talk Normal, Mike Jorgensen of Wilco) and mastered by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Sigur Rós). You can stream Snowblind in its entiretythrough Friday October 12th via AOL Spinner.
Also releasing today is Graph Rabbit’s video for the sublimely gorgeous Make It Stop. A single-shot captured on the first take, the video features the duo locked in unflinching eye-contact in a foggy, unnamed orchard, much like the otherworld in which the album’s quasi-narrative takes place. The video is the second in a series of single-shot video meditations featuring songs from Snowblind. The band‘s debut video for the duo‘s well-received first single Only Fieldsis a seven-minute single-shot that reflected the stoic nature of singer Austin Donohue’s live performance, while this second video portrays the duo in their disarmingly intimate rehearsal mode.