The Work is a book of lyrics and illustrations by the late Scott Hutchison, lyricist, vocalist and songwriter of Frightened Rabbit. This limited hardback edition presents the band’s complete lyrics (including B-sides and rarities) with handwritten excerpts by Scott, alongside his illustrations, many of which have never been seen before.
The book is meant both as a celebration of and tribute to Scott’s unbridled creativity. It aims to fulfil his wishes by being the book that he wanted to create and had spoken of creating before his death.
The Work’s creative concept comes from renowned album designer Dave Thomas, who worked with Frightened Rabbit across their career.
Frightened Rabbit will be releasing Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight, an album featuring covers of their songs, on July 12th. The full press release can be found below.
This night was not a night of mourning or a night of sadness but a celebration of an extremely special person and the music he created. Scott inspired everyone who met him, heard his lyrics or saw his art. We feel his loss every day but we are all in this together and we carry on strengthened by the support of the people involved in this recording and those around the world who have been affected by Scott’s passing. A huge thank you goes out to Ben Gibbard, Craig Finn, Aaron Dessner, Julien Baker and Kevin Devine for their support, love and kindness in being involved. We want to encourage people who listen to this to laugh, cry, hug and sing in your worst Scottish accent at the top of your lungs and keep the spirit of Scott alive in all our hearts and all our voices. While we’re alive let’s all make tiny changes to Earth.
Some videos from the Scott Hutchison tribute concert, featuring performances from Aaron Dessner, Julien Baker, Ben Gibbard, Craig Finn, and Kevin Devine have been shared online. I’ve put them into a video playlist.
Jazz Monroe, writing at Pitchfork:
Meltdown festival will today host a mental health panel in place of the scheduled set by Frightened Rabbit, whose frontperson Scott Hutchison died last month in an apparent suicide. Clinical psychologist Jay Watts will moderate the talk with Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh, Placebo’s Stefan Olsdal, musician and poet Dizraeli, and Christine Brown of music charity Help Musicians UK, the Guardian reports.