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Brooke Singer and John Fitzgerald are a relatively new duo who crept onto the Wellington folk music scene in February. They first caught my attention a few months ago via Twitter and now again with the first single (‘The Cats’) from their debut EP, which they’re hoping to release in October. The band structure is simple – Singer, a former member of Christchurch folk duo Ragamuffin Children and an original member of the shoegaze band O’Lovely, plays keyboard, guitar and sings while Fitzgerald holds down lead guitar. ‘The Cats’ is a beautifully enchanted tale of loneliness, loss and escapism, capturing emotion not only in the lyrics but also through the repetitive instrumental tide that dominates the second half of the song. Adding to the song is an ensemble of backing musicians, including members of St. Rupertsberg on backing vocals, Ben Wood on drums, William Sklenars on bass and Glen Clark on trumpet. The song sounds like it belongs near the seaside, where stray cats live among broken dingies fighting spring tides and dodging freak waves. There’s something about the song that relates to the ocean; its isolation, its continuous lapping rhythm and its unknown, undiscovered vastness.

You can stream and download ‘The Cats’ below. All proceeds from the purchase of the song will go towards mastering the band’s EP.

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