June 17, 2009

Swim until you can’t see land

The voices of certain musicians will always reach back into the muddy outlines of my memory, grab particular sentiments tightly around the throat and pull them swiftly into this three minutes, here and right now, heaving and in bloody color. Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit soundtracked a sharp, raw portion of my life last year with unrelenting insight and wow — even tonight when I listen to his voice on this new song, it’s like taking the scalpel and turpentine to everything all over again.

Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit write songs that are wrenchingly honest and completely earnest. And yeah — pretty darn disconsolate. But there’s always intelligence and incisiveness in the lyrics, and a pulsating thrum of gorgeous energy in the music — and all of that bleeds through whether in the studio or on the stage in front of you.

They absolutely remain one of my favorite discoveries these last few years, despite what they do to me. A recurring theme in the things I love, I suppose.

Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit



[Video first spotted here; Frightened Rabbit plays Colorado’s Monolith Festival this year. I still really love this interview.]

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  • Brilliant – thank you for finding this. Liver Lung FR! has been on heavy rotation. Cant wait until I seem live – just not sure where or when. Looking forward to your update after your next show.

    Tawriffic — June 17, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

  • this is so wonderful! I totally agree with you on all counts about FR. They are so incredible. Thanks

    Cindy — June 18, 2009 @ 6:09 am

  • Completely agree with all claims above about FR. How do they make you care so much? How are they so good? It’s a mystery.

    Amy — June 18, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  • Thanks, these guys are medicine for the soul.

    Mike — June 20, 2009 @ 11:08 am

  • Truly love this band. I still can’t understand why they are so little known about. Go see them live, even more energy and emotion than on the album. Scott singing Poke standing in the middle of the audience at The Captain’s Rest was magical. I’m off to swim until I can’t see land…

    Rabbiter — July 4, 2009 @ 3:08 am

  • THANK YOU SOOO MUCH.I LOVE THIS SONG AND THE HELICOPTER THAT GETS INVOLVED IN THE RECORDING.

    LOVE FROM IRELAND,
    GAZ.

    gaz — August 29, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
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