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Graph Rabbit’s debut LP, Snowblind

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Graph Rabbit is the Brooklyn-based duo of artist/composer Austin Donohue (guitar, vocals) and experimental pianist Shy Kedmi (synths, bells). Graph Rabbit originally began as the solo project of Donohue in 2010. But it wasn’t until Donohue, an accomplished filmmaker, musician and composer in his own right, began collaborating with producer Allen Farmelo in the winter of 2010 that Graph Rabbit began to find it’s true form.

The result was Graph Rabbit’s debut album Snowblind – a deftly nuanced concept album, sweepingly cinematic at times and hauntingly minimalist at others. The album follows an unnamed character as he wanders through a surreal, minimalist snowscape, falling in and out of sleep, following birds through fields, arguing with a river and eventually just surrendering to the silence of snowfall. “It’s like, what if Dorothy decided to kick off the ruby slippers and stay in the poppy field while it snowed?” says Donohue.rabbit-profile-2

The production on Snowblind is minimal – one finger picked guitar, one curiously small analog synth (known as a Pocket Piano) and Donohue’s singularly beautiful voice send it all soaring, with the eerie rattle of sleigh bells, twinkling glockenspiel, and an Estonian handbell ensemble lacing the songs with unexpected tuned metal textures.

The album spurred immediate positive response. The single “Only Fields” shot straight to airtime on the BBC6 and one of Graph Rabbit’s first performances of the full album was a command performance at the Kennedy Center in DC. The music continues to sit comfortably in the indie world, the classical world, the electronic world and the neo-folk world. Without intending to, Graph Rabbit has truly defied the restrictions of genre.

After completing the album, Donohue invited collaborator Shy Kedmi to join as an official member of the band. The duo are now performing the record in it’s entirety as their live show. “Performing the album front-to-back on all analog / acoustic equipment with no computers is a risk but we wanted to take it” explains Kedmi. “It’s the only way we can really bring the world we’ve created, the world of Snowblind, to our audience,” Donohue adds in closing.

Also in the works are collaborations between Donohue and label-mate Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco, a beautiful cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and their next full-length that they’re steadily working on between tours.

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