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Reb Fountain Unbosoms Emotional War and Peace in New Self-Titled Record

The New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Reb Fountain has dropped her emotional roller coaster of a self-titled record. The record assembles all corners of a folk compass — north, south and everything in between.

The collection’s kick-off track, “Hawks & Doves,” is fused with emotional wreckage and self-homage over a picked-guitar instrumentation that changes tempo, gradually gaining speed, as the song progresses.

Indie-polished “Samson” complements lone bass fretwork and sun-kissed religious writings, verbally spoken like a church sermon. “Medulla, in their room, performing to camera; cutting, pasting and ‘sharing’ with the internet,” the singer-songwriter wrote in an email to The Fader. “There’s a sense of immediacy and vulnerability; we’re drawn into the home and heart space where Medulla both emerges and merges into themself.”

“Tell me that you’re crazy like my love,” she sings. But at the end, she washes one over you with, “Move on / Find someone new / Pick yourself up, start over / A thousand stars could come and go / And we’d still be learning how to be / Courageous fools / Waking up to the dawn each day / When I drove so fast to reach you / I knew you’d be there.”

“When Gods Lie,” featuring supporting vocals from friend and collaborator Finn Andrews, conveys the experience of being left alone to battle without armor. It’s a project about self-awareness and recognition, as well as the stories we hold inside us.

“Don’t You Know Who I Am” and “Quiet Like The Rain” are drenched with Norah Jones vibes. The latter is a personal reflection. “Then I go quiet like the rain / Never the right time when you go,” the song begins. “Of all of the love I gave / I want it back from you, the most.” “Lighthouse,” with its methodically placed chordal piano and mid-tempo electric guitar, concludes the record. “If darkness calls you down / Go with a helping hand / And climb back up again,” it goes.

The recording sessions for this album took place over a three-week period and saw Fountain joined by Sam Gooding and producer Dave Khan. The album is signed on with Flying Nun Records and follows the songstress’ 2017 record, Hopeful & Hopeless, which took home Best Country Album and Best Folk Album at the New Zealand Music Awards.

The singer also took to Facebook recently to share her recent quarantine project: “Today we officially launched @saveourvenuesnz — an organization dedicated to supporting live music venues in Aotearoa to survive and thrive. Save Our Venues NZ is held by a few folk hell-bent on raising funds and awareness of the plight of these essential community spaces so that artists have live settings to perform & grow in and audiences can continue to be entertained in the places they love. We need you to join the movement. We’re all go-go gadget on this end and have kicked off with ‘Boosted Live Presents Save our Venues’ to kickstart individual venues fundraising campaigns with extra support from Arts Foundation, Boosted NZ and their fellow venues. Please head to our page, check out our campaigns, donate and share … a little love and support from all of us will go a long way to creating a healthy and vibrant future for live music in New Zealand.”

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Today we officially launched @saveourvenuesnz – an organisation dedicated to supporting live music venues in Aotearoa to survive and thrive. Save Our Venues NZ is held by a few folk hell bent on raising funds and awareness of the plight of these essential community spaces so that artists have live settings to perform & grow in and audiences can continue to be entertained in the places they love. WE NEED YOU TO JOIN THE MOVEMENT. We’re all go go gadget on this end and have kicked off with ‘Boosted Live Presents Save our Venues’ to kickstart individual venues fundraising campaigns with extra support from The Arts Foundation Future Fund, @boosted.nz and their fellow venues. Please head to our page, check out our campaigns, donate and share … a little love and support from all of us will go a long way to creating a healthy and vibrant future for live music in New Zealand. #saveourvenues #saveourvenuesnz www.saveourvenues.co.nz

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Featured Image: Flying Nun Records