Mesmerising New Zealand noire-folk artist Reb Fountain is coming to Melbourne

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Mesmerising New Zealand noire-folk artist Reb Fountain is coming to Melbourne

Reb Fountain
Words by Staff Writer

Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland-based noire folk artist Reb Fountain is coming to Melbourne for a show at Brunswick Ballroom on July 13.

The San Francisco born, New Zealand raised, Reb Fountain is an award winning singer-songwriter who is known for her captivating performances. With a sound not dissimilar to Patti Smith, Florence and the Machine or Kate Bush but with stunning originality, Reb Fountain is making her Melbourne debut at Brunswick Ballroom on Thursday June 2.

Reb Fountain in Brunswick

  • 6:30pm, Thu 13 July
  • Brunswick Ballroom
  • Grab tickets here

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Fountain recently shared her new captivating single Faithless Lover, the first new music from Reb Fountain since her 2021 album Iris.

Released on Flying Nun Records, Faithless Lover is Fountain at her mesmerising best. Produced by frequent collaborator and bandmate Dave Khan, the song is a dream-like journey with sparse instrumentation and a lingering melody sparking the listener’s imagination. In true understated heroine form, Faithless Lover is an epic retelling of transcendent love. Hauntingly intimate yet steeped in cinematic grandeur, Fountain renders the deeply personal as a mythic parable, welcoming a state of transformation.

“We are close; so close to ourselves it’s uncomfortable. Falling in love with illusions that serve the ego but not the heart. Faithless Lover tells a tale of mutiny; coming alive to oneself – one’s place in the story – in vulnerability and beyond fear. I want that; to transform the stories that bind us and to wake up in rebellion,” Fountain said.

In addition to the new single, Fountain has announced a one-off show at the Brunswick Ballroom in Melbourne on Thursday 13 July. Playing with her full band of Dave Khan, Karin Canzek and Earl Robertson, this show comes on the back of a UK tour including respected music discovery festival The Great Escape this May. Anybody who has seen this band full-flight knows the power of a Fountain live show.

To accompany the release of Faithless Lover, Fountain has also released a video for the song, directed and edited by Lola Fountain-Best. Shot on Super 8 film, the video feels like an ethereal dream complimenting the tracks’ very essence and transporting viewers to another world, of the video, Reb says:

“Lola and I had been plotting on how to best use expired Kodak 16mm film offered to us by cinematographer Ian Powell,” she said. “We were inspired by narrative and filmic techniques of Ingmar Bergman and Jean Cocteau, in particular using fantasy to explore the philosophical. We created an archetypal fairy tale that explores the desire to attain the ideal in hopes of achieving the benefits of this fictitious nonpareil, when in fact that which we seek upholds the very captivity we are trying to escape.”

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This article was made in partnership with Brunswick Ballroom.