Why Don't We Talk Anymore

Rabbit & The Hare

Independent release, 2013


REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


People often remark how easy it is to be in a band today versus the '90s. While there's no doubt modern technology like the internet, GPS, and smartphones have created the ability to connect with like-minded people and actually find gigs in remote places much more easily, the act of being in a good band who can write songs people want to hear still remains a difficult task. Or at least I have to assume so, based on the heaps of mediocrity available today. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Though the indie pop duo of Rabbit And The Hare, Marisa Duchowny (The Rabbit) and Neill MacCullum (The Hare), may have used new tools like Craigslist to find one another, the songs didn't come easy. After a year of playing together and around New York, the pair was ready to document their dual vocal harmonies and humble brand of folk influenced indie rock that unwinds with a timelessness that runs parallel to their Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young and Cat Stevens influences.

The album starts with "Roll The Dice" and Neill's voice takes center stage while Marisa's softly backs him up. Pianos, an orchestral background, and gentle guitars make it a lovely folky pop tune with well thought out lyrics – an ideal introduction to the album. "Then I See Her" follows and is a louder, quicker song with a memorable chorus and will instantly place a smile on your face, as it's one of the best moments here. Near the middle, "Isabel" finds Marisa's impressive range in the spotlight and proves to be a great representation of the band's ability to change tempos, building up and channeling both their cautious and playful side in one tune.

The last half of the album is just as solid as the first, with much vocal harmonizing, more soothing instrumentation, and even surprises like Spanish lyrics and more rugged rock territory on the louder "Dona Dona" near the end of the disc. While cellos, violins, and the standard noisemakers are present, pianos and acoustic guitars are used the most, and the pair utilizes their oh-so-sweet vocals to add much beauty to these arresting tracks. This is one of those criminally obscure bands that more people should know about.

Rating: B+

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