Rabbitsss is a musical collaboration between Rae Howell and New York based sonic & visual artist Jon Cohrs.. It began as a fun way to pass time when the two met at The Banff Centre in Canada in 2006, during a Winter Music Residency. Fast forward a few years with rendezvous sessions in New York, Berlin, Gotland (Sweden), Melbourne and plentiful pendulum swings working remotely, they created Rabbitsss, generating a sonic landscape evoking diverse musical traditions.
Cohrs’ background can be heard in the smattering of samples, in the hidden shuffling of feet and a squeak of a chair, while Howell creates persuasive poly-rhythms and a driving sense of melody. Howell’s talents on marimba, vibraphone, keys, accordion and horns, and Cohrs’ electronic manipulations and production – both rhythmic and non sequitur – are captured on record with an ear toward serendipitous moments of performance.
They released their debt album Penguins in 2014, on Misty Fjord Records and have another one in the works, due for release in 2018.
Penguins is a study in pulsating electronic, that type that lives through the imaginary, imperfect strings of organic (the percussive instruments) and the discreet charm of synthetic sound.. delicate textures suspended between a colorful rendition of the rigors of contemporary music (Steve Reich, Terry Riley) and ambient pop (Stereolab, above all). – Pop Matters 2014
Penguins unspools in bright calm clarity, its overlapping marimba, vibraphone and keyboard motifs locking and interlocking like colored puzzle pieces, its hiccuping percussion delineating rhythms with crayon-emphatic precision.
– Dusted Magazine 2014