About Reb Fountain
New Zealand-based singer/songwriter Reb Fountain slowly built an impressive body of work where her imagery-rich narrative songs were guided by her controlled vocals. Fountain's music didn't commit to any one genre but explored elements of country, folk, storytelling, singer/songwriter fare, and alternative pop. Her recorded output also shifted from album to album, with the country tinges of 2006's Like Water giving way to a more varied presentation on visceral 2017 album Little Arrows.
Fountain was born in San Francisco to hippie parents who introduced her to music early on in the form of family singalongs. She spent time in London and the U.S., working for a time as a jazz vocalist before ultimately landing in Auckland, New Zealand. Her early solo work leaned more into twangy indie country than her jazz background, but the sophisticated lyrical currents on albums like 2006's Like Water and 2008's Holster pointed to darker, more mature songwriting. Fountain offered up two releases in 2017, the emotionally raw Hopeful & Hopeless EP and the organically toned album Little Arrows. Her self-titled 2020 album was released by long running New Zealand indie label Flying Nun and took another turn toward darker pop sounds. ~ Fred Thomas