Crake have shared a new song, ‘Bobbie’, the latest offering from their forthcoming debut LP Humans’ Worst Habits. It follows previous entries ‘Winter’s Song’ and ‘Lamb’s Tail’. Give it a listen below.
According to a press release, ‘Bobbie’ was inspired by Frank Frazer Darling’s book Island Years, Island Farm, which describes how the Scottish naturalist made temporary homes on remote Hebridean Islands while researching seabirds and seals. Rather than centering on the book’s protagonist, however, the song offers a largely fictional account of the story of his wife, Bobbie Frazer Darling.
“She’s there with him the whole time, helping with his work alongside all the care work to bring up their child in these remote and inhospitable places,” the band’s Rowan Sandle explained in a statement. “Yet we are given very little information about her, so ‘Bobbie’ is me wanting to know what it was like from her perspective. Some events are factual, directly taken from the book, for example her love of chickweed and the time they had to call a vet as no doctor was near. But other things are more speculative, imagined and questioned. The answers I’ll never know, and maybe she wanted it that way.”
Crake’s Humans’ Worst Habits is due out May 27 on Fika Recordings.