A staple to the Chicago music scene, Briar Rabbit may be one of the hardest working musicians in the city. From his thoughtful lyrics to his bursting tour schedule, any argument that he hasn’t made music his life is wildly inaccurate.
I’m not sure I remember the specifics of my introduction to Briar Rabbit, but I know that I’ve been impressed since day one. Briar Rabbit’s vocals have a classic quality to them. His music is light and catchy, filled with sensible instrumentation and poppy melodies.
“So Long” has been described as an ‘upbeat spin on a breakup song’. Its quick tempo and cheery impression help it sound like a resolution rather than the emotional whirlwind of a fresh split. The song culminates with the repetition of the phrase ‘so long’ accompanied by organ trills and cymbal crashes. It is powerful, it is purposeful, and it is available for your listening pleasure below:
The album was produced by Chicago jazz pianist Josh Moshier, recorded by Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case) and with contributions from Jeff Parker (Tortoise) and Quin Kirchner (Wild Belle). According to Briar Rabbit, the new release is quite the Chicago record.
The full-length album, From Your Bones, will be released on January 21st. “So Long” has left us wanting more, but until it drops, the repeat button will have to do.
September 5 at Schubas in Chicago, IL
September 7 at The Rigby Pub in Madison, WI
September 8 at Circle-a Cafe in Milwaukee, WI
September 10 at the Mill in Iowa City, IA
September 13 at The Polack Inn in Wausau, WI
September 14 at Kavarna in Green Bay, WI
September 25 at Crunchy’s in East Lansing, MI