Tiny Ruins + Special Guests
The Greys, Brighton.
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
Melting Vinyl are delighted to bring you an intimate show at The Grey's, with rising start on the exquisite Bella Union label, Tiny Ruins, who has been wowing audiences with her woozy folk pop revival at some of the UKs top music fesitvals, including winner of 'Best Mendium-Sized Festival' End of The Road.
A warm swell of ambient sound precedes an arpeggiated rhythmic riff that springs into flight, exuberant and joyful. Sparkling electric guitar punctuates the relentless thrum of Hollie Fullbrook's acoustic, as the potent lyricism she is known for cuts searingly through the noise - "Stirring, shaken, all of us waking under the same cover of sky".
And so begins 'Olympic Girls', the title track of the third long-player from Tiny Ruins, which was released on 1 February 2019, offering with vital lyricism and galvanising rhythms
"I've heard Olympic Girls, and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor", wrote Grant Smithies. "Clustered around more introspective passages typical of confessional singer-songwriters are gnarlier phrases that give her work its buzzy voltage: arresting visual images, weird associations, daisy-chains of telling detail.
Building on the sparse minimalism and mesmerising songwriting of earlier releases, Olympic Girls comprises a taut and agile quiver of songs, dancing with explorative instrumentation and a pop sensibility that springs with life.
The album was recorded during several intense weekends spanning many months in producer Tom Healy's small Paquin Studio, nestled inside The Lab in Auckland's Mt. Eden. With Healy playing electric guitar in the band since 2014, the tracking room doubles as a practice space for Tiny Ruins and other local bands, and is the same studio in which they recorded 2014's Brightly Painted One, for which Healy was nominated for Producer of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards.
"Where that album was condensed into two weeks of recording, with Olympic Girls we took our time. I would bring new songs to the band as I wrote them, and we would experiment with the arrangements over maybe a few days, and then quite soon after would start recording", says Fullbrook. "It was about building something quite epic over a long stretch of time that didn't fall victim to overplaying or overworking. Once recorded, we wouldn't listen to the track for months, we'd just move onto the next one. It was only at the very end that Tom opened the vault. Not being in a flash studio with the clock ticking was an enormous luxury."
With Fullbrook at the helm and Healy producing, longtime bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alex Freer were vital sounding boards & leant their own creative flourishes toward an overall sound of confident exuberance, marrying the intricately woven poetics of Leonard Cohen, the shimmering dream-pop landscapes of Beach House or Mazzy Star, and the off-kilter experimental pop of Broadcast or John Cale.
"After an extended search for inspiration, the New Zealand singer/songwriter uses color and newly adventurous song structures to explore definitions and limits of freedom." Pitchfork
"Much of the evocative poetics that signalled Hollie as a masterful songwriter still sits at the core of 'Olympic Girls'. 'School Of Design' echoes the beauty and precision with which Leonard Cohen brought to life even the most seemingly mundane spaces or objects. " DIY
"Freshly minted on Courtney Barnett's Milk! Label, Tiny Ruins' third album proves that this is a band in the truest sense of the word, not just an outlet for Hollie Fullbrook's songs." The 13th Floor