RACHEL BOBBITT’S NEW EP THE HALF WE STILL HAVE OUT TODAY ON FANTASY RECORDS
HOMETOWN TORONTO RELEASE SHOW
ON AUGUST 17 AT THE DRAKE
FALL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
INCLUDING STOPS IN MONTREAL AND TORONTO
"Striking... Poignant" - NPR
“Rachel Bobbitt is back with another stomach-jilting piece of
bedroom alt-pop perfection.” - Paste
"Rachel Bobbitt’s tender, shimmering voice has the capacity to carry a massive weight of emotion — a weapon she wields very carefully." - Consequence
"'The Ceiling Demos' offers fans of Bobbitt and newcomers to her music alike an intimate view into her process" - The FADER
"A distillation of the enormous and unutterable, Rachel Bobbitt's ‘More’ is an unflinching rumination on the uterus-bearing experience." - Exclaim
TORONTO, ON – August 4, 2023 – Today, emerging Toronto-based artist, Rachel Bobbitt, releases her remarkable new EP, The Half We Still Have via Fantasy Records. The Half We Still Have is a series of sharp and incisive character studies, told with unflinching honesty, piercing intuition, and fearless self-reflection. “I wanted these songs to reflect the intense dynamics that take shape in relationships,” Bobbitt explains. “I’ve found in some relationships, you give and give, only to eventually lose yourself in the process. In those moments where we feel abandoned and hollow, a small sliver remains intact, preserved, and personal.”
The EP’s singles, Two Bit – which Paste called “another stomach-jilting piece of bedroom alt-pop perfection” – and Clay Feet – which saw support from Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and more – perfectly encapsulates Bobbitt’s remarkable gift for expressing universal truths in the tiniest of details. Stream and/or purchase The Half We Still Have here.
Produced and mixed by Jorge Elbrecht (Sky Ferreira, Japanese Breakfast) at 80A Studios in Toronto, The Half We Still Have is a searing, empathetic work of musical non-fiction, and just the beginning of an immensely bright future to come.
Bobbitt will give a hometown Toronto performance on August 17 at The Drake in celebration of the album’s release. Additionally, she has announced a fall tour supporting Jesse Jo Stark. See below for all dates, including stops in Montreal and Toronto.
Bobbitt (vocals/guitar) is joined on The Half We Still Have by close musical partner, Justice Der (guitar/e-bow), Stephen Bennett (drums/percussion), Isaac Teague (bass), Sam Laramee (synth), and Alex George (strings). The band’s tight-knit cohesion, combined with Elbrecht’s visionary production, helps give Bobbitt’s expansive art-pop compositions their shimmering toughness.
Previous EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, and now The Half We Still Have, showcase strong songwriting prowess, a skill that Bobbitt has been honing for a long time. 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 be doing what I loved, but it was difficult to be observed by that many people at that age where I simultaneously wanted to just shut myself in,” she says. “I’m grateful 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 at a jazz program, before leaving it during the pandemic to focus on her own music.
“Most of the moments I have had in my life that felt right, like they made sense, have been a result of human connection,” Bobbitt concludes. “It can be so beautiful, and it can also be desperate and damaging. I have had connections in my life that made me question the fundamentals of my character, and unfortunately, I don’t think that is uncommon. But throughout every complicated, demoralizing, or harmful relationship, there has always been that slice of myself that remained mine, even when I didn’t feel it. The Half We Still Have centres around that small piece, and the connections that threaten it.”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
August 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake (Record Release Show)
September 15 - Somerville, MA @ Crystal Ballroom *
September 16 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground *
September 23 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
September 24 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
September 25 - Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch *
September 26 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
September 28 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
September 29 - St Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
September 30 - Milwaukee, MN @ Back Room at Colectivo *
October 1 - St Louis, MI @ Blueberry Hill *
October 3 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar *
October 5 - Denver, CO @ Meow Wolf *
October 6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
* supporting Jesse Jo Stark