The Dark Arts

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The Dark Arts is a song filled with dusty corners - it's also a bridge between the old and the new. Our first single from our third album which is due out next year. It looks back for a little moment before we move forward.

It's a nod to memories and objects - so here's to keeping those old birthday cards from your Gran, dog-eared books, and that broken hard-drive with those photos from 2012!

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The Dark Arts

Broken pieces
I don’t have to keep them
To sweep them off in circles
Display them around in my living room.

To love them is to know how it feels to be lost and to be left.

A barnacle shell and a half used film,
marrow of bone and a picture I drew that I gave to no-one,
there was no-one I knew to give it to.

The dark arts of preservation,
the mottled collection of displacement.
To love them is to know how it feels to be lost and to be left.
You know, you remind me of a boy I once knew?

Days comes and it all feels so different, it’s like dust in my hair.
Day comes and I walk outside and back, so dissatisfied.
Day comes and it’s all so clear to me - it’s so dear to me.
When day comes - that I will be standing here mending all of it.

The dark arts of preservation,
The mottled collection of displacement.
To love them is to know how it feels to be lost and to be left.
You know? you remind me of a boy I once knew.

credits

released December 4, 2020
Written by Brooke Singer

Performed by French for Rabbits
Brooke Singer (vocals & piano)
Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa (drums)
John Fitzgerald (electric guitar)
Ben Lemi (extra guitars/bass)
Penelope Esplin (bass/vocals)
Katie Mosehauer (strings)

Produced by Brooke Singer, Jol Mulholland & Ben Lemi.
Engineered by Jol Mulholland at The Surgery and The Lab

Strings recorded by Katie Mosehauer
Vocals recorded by Brooke Singer

Album cover: image by Emma Brittenden

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