Rachel Bobbitt shares new single from upcoming EP and tour dates with Men I Trust and Sunflower Bean
Today, Nova Scotia-born, Toronto-based artist Rachel Bobbitt announced The Ceiling Could Collapse, her brand new 6-track EP and debut for Fantasy Records. The EP, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY-nominated Jorge Elbrecht, will be released July 15.
To mark the occasion, she also released a new single. Following opener “More,” which NPR Music’s Bob Boilen called “striking” and “poignant,” comes the exquisite “Gemini Ties,” a lively and curious look at the profound experiences Bobbitt shares with his twin brother.
“My brother and I have this inseparable bond, and it manifests in my desire to keep him safe from all bad things, even though he’s more than capable of doing it himself,” she says.
Rachel Bobbitt’s new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, was a long time coming. She made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and all-time classics to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, Bobbitt found herself overwhelmed rather than inspired.
“It was exciting to do what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by so many people at this age where I wanted to lock myself up at the same time,” she says. “I’m grateful that it ended when it did because it gave me time to step back and think about what I wanted to create for myself.” She soon found herself in a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music, which is when The Ceiling Could Collapse began to take shape.
Life unfolds in rhythmic loops, from the endless rotations of the earth to the workings of the tides and the annual rebirth of spring. Rachel Bobbitt knows that the bottom of these cycles can seem quite chaotic. “Every woman I’ve spoken to is in pain almost all the time,” the up-and-coming singer-songwriter said. “It could be physical pain, emotional pain, family pain, but it’s there in cycles.” On his piercing and profound new EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, Bobbitt scours the dizzying rubble of folk and indie rock for moments of resonant emotion and frames them in heartbreaking lyrics and open-hearted expanse.
After refining the six songs for The Ceiling Could Collapse on her own, Bobbitt reunited collaborator and co-producer Justice Der and drummer Stephen Bennett to record the EP at Bennett’s studio in Brampton, Ontario. The trio spent a week and a half opening up Bobbitt’s compositions, leaving room to experiment with different vocal takes and sonic palettes. Throughout the EP, arrangements by Bobbitt and Der hit the deep waters of Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver and Big Thief, and Grammy-nominated mixer Jorge Elbrecht rounds it all out for an icy sheen.
The Ceiling Could Collapse focuses on the cycles of life and how we find meaning in extremes: pain, joy, wonder, love. In addition to music, Bobbitt draws those same feelings from horror movies and actually pulled the title of this EP while reading the script for 2018’s Hereditary. Horror fan as inspired by the cavernous emotions of the genre as he is by its clever mechanics, Bobbitt was so enamored with Ari Aster’s film that she needed to dig into its architecture.
She focused on a deleted scene, in which one character tries to comfort another in times of trauma by reminding them that the world is chaotic, that wondering why bad things happen is pointless in a world where the roof could bump into you at any time.
“We have to accept that we can’t have our minds set on all these things that might happen, and we have to move on, but also the ceiling might just crumble,” she laughs. More than unpredictability, it’s life’s endless repetition that suggests both things are true, that there’s nothing to worry about, and that something terrible is about to happen. produce. The ceiling collapse may be inevitable, but once it’s gone, there’s just more room for the sunrise to appear.
Listen to the new single here:
May 26 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace – with Sunflower Bean
August 4 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony – with Men I Trust
August 7 – S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom – with Men I Trust