Fremantle’s favourite quirk-folksters Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill launched their debut album “The Little Things” with a vintage fair themed extravaganza at Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday 5th November.
With two new band members on board, cellist Jenny May and Rhian Todhunter on bass guitar, and a swag of special guests featured on various tracks, the album invites and excites, while staying true to the group’s quirk-folk sensibilities, incorporating catchy composition and playful lyrics. Recorded with Pete Grandison at Shanghai Twang Studios, the album features deep, driving cello lines, catchy guitar hooks, and Vim Leaf’s energetic percussion, complementing the sweet, delicate voice of the band’s vocalist Rachel Gorman. Brett Crabtree’s rich vocals also feature heavily, with a number of heart-warming duets included on the album. From the album, “The Silver Yacht” has already taken out the WAM Folk Song of the Year 2010 in the World & Folk category, and “Sweet Like Clockwork” has been played on Triple J Home & Hosed and featured on WA’s Next Big Thing Compilation. These songs reflect the folky singer-songwriter side of the band’s repertoire, while the album will also introduce their more lively, indie-pop material, creating the perfect soundtrack for summer.
The album follows the success of their debut EP 'First of a Few' which was released to a sell-out crowd in February 2010, and the single “Sleepy Love”, released in September 2011. From the EP, “Les Jambes de Grenouille” has received airplay on Triple J Home & Hosed and local RTR FM. Another track, “The Kite Song” was featured on the Kiss My WAMI Compilation for 2011, coinciding with the group’s performance at the WAMI Festival Saturday Spectacular. The band has shared the stage with many great local and national acts such as the Basement Birds, Panda Band, Blue King Brown, Operator Please, Red Jezebel, Cut Off Your Hands and Clare Bowditch & the New Slang. They were a hit at the Nannup Folk Festival and won the Northbridge Festival's Band Comp in 2010. Most recently, the music video for their song “The Kite Song” won Best Music Video at the Tupelo Film Festival (USA).
With this album under the belts, the band are looking forward to touring the North-West and the East coast in 2012.
“Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill were next up, first intriguing the audience with their eclectic look and set-up, before proceeding to delight them with an enchanting string of quirky and clever folk-pop offerings, most of which were iced with the gorgeous and eloquent vocal lines of lead singer Rachel. The entire group interacted well with the crowd and emphasised their diversity within the carefully crafted and executed songs.” ~ Mia Roberts, Drum Magazine
“Having forged a steady following in WA, playing gigs at Southbound and various haunts around Perth and Fremantle, Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill have frolicked onto the music scene with their debut EP First of a Few, an infectious pop confection, sure to be loved by indie darlings across the state. Telling tales of leap-frogging, kite-flying and lost loves, the melancholic local trio explore an eclectic mix of musical forms from folk rock to hip hop while still maintaining a strong twee pop sensibility. Sweet, playful, and always charming, First of a Few stands a very good chance of proving itself one of WA’s finest indie-pop releases of the year.”
~ Jennifer Peterson-Ward, X-Press Magazine