It's Frightening by White Rabbits on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the spare, staccato drums of the compelling “Percussion Gun” to the urgent, gloomy, and equally percussion-heavy “Lionesse,” It’s Frightening aims for a less-is-more aesthetic and has a darker, cryptic vibe throughout. We’ve departed the tropicalia dance party of Fort Nightly and find ourselves in a sophisticated, noir-ish city landscape. The tones are cool grays and midnight blues, and scenes play out slowly and stealthily. “Rudie Fails” has a typical sparseness to it, even though there’s a lot happening: a clanging tambourine is muted in the background while resonant piano chords, lacy guitar picking, and clattering percussion weave in and out of foreground and background vocals. “Midnight and I” is starkly beautiful, from its hollow snare drum to the carefully layered piano and jagged guitar shards, while the clacking rhythms and spy-guitar riffs in “Right Where They Left” are frugal and effective. The open spaces and clean production on It’s Frightening show the New York sextet in a new light: under a dim lamppost on a foggy city night, at an hour that offers only trouble.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the spare, staccato drums of the compelling “Percussion Gun” to the urgent, gloomy, and equally percussion-heavy “Lionesse,” It’s Frightening aims for a less-is-more aesthetic and has a darker, cryptic vibe throughout. We’ve departed the tropicalia dance party of Fort Nightly and find ourselves in a sophisticated, noir-ish city landscape. The tones are cool grays and midnight blues, and scenes play out slowly and stealthily. “Rudie Fails” has a typical sparseness to it, even though there’s a lot happening: a clanging tambourine is muted in the background while resonant piano chords, lacy guitar picking, and clattering percussion weave in and out of foreground and background vocals. “Midnight and I” is starkly beautiful, from its hollow snare drum to the carefully layered piano and jagged guitar shards, while the clacking rhythms and spy-guitar riffs in “Right Where They Left” are frugal and effective. The open spaces and clean production on It’s Frightening show the New York sextet in a new light: under a dim lamppost on a foggy city night, at an hour that offers only trouble.

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About White Rabbits

At first, it's easy to mistake the White Rabbits for just another set of New York City dance-rock hipsters in the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah tradition, but a second look reveals a quirkier and more rewarding aesthetic. A sextet featuring two drummers and a piano player, the White Rabbits refer to their music as "honky tonk calypso," and their cheerful blend of calypso, reggae and ska rhythms, plus secondhand music hall influences and big pop hooks, strongly recalls vintage Madness circa "Our House" and the moodier, more experimental side of the Specials and Fun Boy Three, via Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. The White Rabbits began in Columbia, MO, in 2004, when college students Greg Roberts and Stephen Patterson bonded while working at a local record store. Moving to New York in 2005, Roberts (vocals and guitar) and Patterson (vocals, piano and percussion) fleshed out the White Rabbits with guitarist Alex Even, bassist Adam Russell and dual drummers Matt Clark and Jamie Levinson. Signing with Say Hey Records in the U.S. and Young Turks Records in Great Britain, the White Rabbits connected with hot New York indie producer Chris Zane (Asobi Seksu, Les Savy Fav) to record their debut album Fort Nightly. Preceded by the dramatic first single "The Plot," Fort Nightly was released in the summer of 2007. For their second album, the band teamed up with Spoon's Britt Daniel as producer; after recording in early 2009, It's Frightening was released that spring. White Rabbits worked with frequent Spoon collaborator Mike McCarthy on 2012's Milk Famous, who helped the band take its sound in a darker, heavier direction. ~ Stewart Mason

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2004

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