French for rabbits - ‘A Ghosts Broken Heart’ from ‘Claimed by the Sea’ EP
There is something very liberating about picking up on music from the other side of the world. Unencumbered by the pressure of local ‘scenes’ and who it is, or is not cool to be seen listening to, one can dip and choose on a whim and a prayer. New Zealand threw up lots of great records for me in 2012. The aforementioned Fishrider label gave some delights, as did the always enjoyable Lil’ Chief Records (incidentally, check out the Eversons’ ‘Christmas Suicide Song’ for festive delectation), yet my favourite antipodean artefact of the year was undoubtedly the ‘Claimed By The Sea’ EP by French For Rabbits. That it came in a hand crafted case with a personalised, hand-written thank you note (mine also had a drawing!) would probably have been enough in itself, but the fact that the music was such a glorious whispering iced gem certainly didn’t harm it’s prospects.