Following the release of her fantastic 2022 EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, emerging Toronto-based artist Rachel Bobbitt has shared The Ceiling Demos via Fantasy Records. Available today, the three-song collection, which includes the tracks “Bandages,” “More,” and “Gemini Ties,” presents Bobbitt’s exquisitely drawn portraits in their early, informal incarnations, offering listeners another view into her unique, intimate artistry.
“These demos are self-recorded explorations into the songs that would become ‘The Ceiling Could Collapse,’” Rachel says. “They show the writing process at a more vulnerable stage before the polished guitar takes & refined vocals. These versions are an offering of the imperfect, frenetic, & passionate loose ends of a first draft. I hope you enjoy and thank you so much for listening.”
The Ceiling Could Collapse, which Bobbitt co-produced with Justice Der and was mixed by GRAMMY nominee Jorge Elbrecht, was a long time coming. Bobbitt made a name for herself on Vine as a teenager, uploading covers of pop hits and classic tracks to the now-defunct social media site. As her profile rose, she 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.”
Life runs in rhythmic loops, from the endless rotations of the earth to the running of tides and yearly rebirth of spring. Rachel Bobbitt knows that the bottom of those cycles can feel pretty chaotic. On her piercing and profound EP, The Ceiling Could Collapse, Bobbitt finds moments of resonant emotion and frames them in heartbreaking lyrics and openhearted vulnerability.
After touring earlier this year alongside Indigo DeSouza, Sunflower Bean, Men I Trust and Bad Bad Hats, Bobbitt just wrapped a west-coast headlining run that featured shows in Denver, Oakland and Los Angeles, and east-coast dates including Boston, New York and Philadelphia supporting Mat Kerekes.
Look for new music from Rachel Bobbitt in 2023.
“Striking… Poignant.” –NPR
“Rachel Bobbitt’s tender, shimmering voice has the capacity to carry a massive weight of emotion
— a weapon she wields very carefully.” –Consequence
“Evocative indie rock.” -Brooklyn Vegan
“Rachel Bobbitt’s latest collection is a steady handheld out in a shaky, patriarchal world.” –CBC
“A distillation of the enormous and unutterable, Rachel Bobbitt’s ‘More’ is an unflinching rumination on the uterus-bearing experience.” –Exclaim
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