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Song You Need to Know: Reb Fountain, ‘Faithless Lover’

The indie singer-songwriter has returned in stunning fashion with her first release since her 2021 album, ‘Iris’.

Reb Fountain has returned in stunning fashion with her first release since her 2021 album, Iris.

Titled “Faithless Lover”, her comeback single is mesmerising and captivating, an alluring journey into its creator’s probing imagination.

“We are close; so close to ourselves it’s uncomfortable,” Reb says of her track. “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.”

It’s impossible not to be moved on this journey: Reb’s delicately lingering vocals and Dave Khan’s grandiose production deliberately envelop and soothe, quieting a racing mind, soothing a weary listener.

“Faithless Lover” is a profound way to mark your return after a lengthy absence, in other words. The track is accompanied by a music video, and befitting the source material, Reb had a lofty vision for the clip. Directed and edited by Lola Fountain-Best and shot on Super 8 film, the resultant dreamscape was inspired by the cinematic techniques of Ingmar Bergman and Jean Cocteau.

“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,” Reb explains.

In addition to her single release, the indie folk singer-songwriter has also announced a special one-off show at Auckland’s Powerstation on Saturday, June 3rd. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 19th at 12pm local time, with the Ticketmaster pre-sale open now until Tuesday, April 18th at 12pm local time.

Reb will also perform once at Melbourne’s Brunswick Ballroom the following month on Thursday, July 13th, backed by her full band including the aforementioned Dave Khan (ticket information here).

Reb Fountain’s “Faithless Lover” is out now via Flying Nun Records. 

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