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A ‘companion collection’ of live, whole takes recorded to 2” tape.

“I was very lucky to have 3 afternoons alone at Roundhead studios, in late 2017 and early 2018, when as a band we were just about finished mixing the full band versions I’m so proud of. Those had taken a long time to realise; it was a fun, beautiful, big project. So much happened during the process… I felt a need to get a snapshot of the songs at the end of it, with all that learning, reflecting on where they’d begun, and where they’d ended up.”

Released September 27, 2019

Written, performed and produced by Hollie Fullbrook

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A rare blend of eloquent lyrical craft and explorative musicianship, the songs of Tiny Ruins are etched into the memories of crowds and critics worldwide. Traversing influences that cross genre and era, the artistry of Hollie Fullbrook and her band spans delicate folk, lustrous dream pop. Production by David LynchOlympic Girls bring ebullient psychedelia to the album.

More thoughts on the album (& many thank-yous) to follow…but for now I leave you to tackle these 11 songs, while I get some sleep in time for an early train to London!

New Zealand band Tiny Ruins have shared the fourth single from their forthcoming album Olympic Girls, out February. 1st on Ba Da Bing Records. It’s called “Holograms” and arrives with a beautiful new video,

“Holograms” follows previously released singles “School of Design,” “Olympic Girls” and “How Much.” Tiny Ruins, which originated as frontwoman Hollie Fullbrook’s solo songwriting project, has always been a nesting place for spare, delicate melodies and verses full of natural imagery and big ideas. But there’s nothing delicate about this latest batch of singles: “Olympic Girls” is warm, full and unexpected—a lively flute finds a home next to electric guitar; Fullbrook’s smooth alto sighs along with clashing cymbals.

“Holograms” is just as beautiful, and it’s one of Fullbrook’s biggest ideas yet. “Holograms is a conversation in a way, where one person posits the idea that technology will increasingly connect us,” she said in a statement. “That we will not just be emotionally or mentally connected, but that our bodies will transcend physical and mortal bounds via technology. That we can bring someone back.”

“How will we come back?” she sings. “Rise and shine as holograms?” It’s an eerie concept, one Tiny Ruins execute beautifully in the accompanying visuals. In the clip, Fullbrook and her bandmates (bassist Cass Basil, drummer Alex Freer and guitarist Tom Healy) search for meaning in a hypnotic model of the solar system. Fullbrook also shared the inspiration behind the video:

For the video, I wanted a sense of longing for this sparkly, colorful other realm, where everyone is connected, in unity. The director Martin Sagadin and I both started out talking about how the song called for a sense of sci-fi, which led us to planets, which led to the idea that we would build planets out of lanterns. This storyline arose where my character is trying to communicate or reach out to another field of existence, via technology. But we felt that the technology could be a bit old and not quite “of this time”—we were inspired by Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” video, or the TV series Maniac, in the sense that technology is kind of old and defunct, and there’s a timelessness or lack of specificity as to time. The idea of the video, is that I have a vision of this place I am trying to reach … I gather up particular objects that I feel will connect me to this place. But in the end, it’s futile—I try to reach the planet that appears through the wall, with all my technology revved up, and … it collapses in front of me.

The second single & title track from Tiny Ruins album ‘Olympic Girls’, due out on February 1st.

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Hollie Fullbrook, the songwriter behind the Tiny Ruins moniker, is a songwriter who has for a long time seemed to be on the verge of  break-through. Her early, almost entirely solo material has given way to a fuller sound, with a four-piece band, which is set to be showcased on upcoming third album, Olympic Girls, when it’s released early next year.

This week Hollie has shared her new single, and the album’s title track, Olympic Girls. It is a delightfully intimate performance, intricate guitar work, textural percussion and gorgeously simple vocal lines all draw your ear, revealing all their charms only on repeat listens. Like the video that accompanies, it’s a track that offers nowhere to hide; there’s an element of exposure, and an honesty to the songwriting that’s utterly refreshing. Tiny Ruins have never sounded better.

Olympics Girls is out February 1st via Ba Da Bing Records.

The second single from Tiny Ruins album No.3

 

We are very excited to welcome to the Milk! Records family the incredible Tiny Ruins from Auckland, New Zealand. Tiny Ruins have released two EPs and two albums, the most recent 2014’s acclaimed, Brightly Painted One. In late 2015 songwriter and guitarist Hollie Fullbrook recorded a collection of songs in Brooklyn NY with drummer Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, resulting in the EP Hurtling Through. This was closely followed by the release of Dream Wave – a 7″ single recorded/produced by renowned filmmaker (and Tiny Ruins fan) David Lynch.

Hollie Fullbrook doesn’t waste her time, and by extension, She doesn’t waste yours either. She has never released a song that didn’t sound as smart as it seems effortless. Some people can just command attention. And that’s why we’re excited to be working with her. If the above descriptions don’t make clear, her songs are amazing – anyone who likes the skill demonstrated by The Go-Betweens and Julie Byrne is at risk of Tiny Ruins fanship. We put out a song, “How Much,” recently, and we’ll have more to announce soon.

Tiny Ruins will be touring as a four-piece in the UK and Europe this August with some brand new music coming very soon.

Celebrating the release of ‘How Much’ from their third album, Tiny Ruins will be touring as a full band through the UK and Europe later this month.

Tiny Ruins are a band based in Auckland, New Zealand, conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output. Fullbrook was born in Bristol, England, before moving to New Zealand at the age of ten. Growing up in West Auckland, she learnt the cello, guitar and wrote songs from her early teens.

Following five years living in Wellington, she collaborated with Barcelona-based A Singer Of Songs, releasing EP Little Notes independently in 2010.

Debut Some Were Meant for Sea followed in 2011. Recorded by Fullbrook and producer Greg ‘J’ Walker (Machine Translations), the album was recorded in an old hall in South Gippsland, Australia. It received critical praise for its minimalist approach and lyrical flair.

Joining forces with bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alex Freer in 2013, an EP of older songs and B sides, Haunts, was recorded on tape machine by Jon Pearce in the Waipu bush. Following this, the trio met with future band-member Tom Healy to record their second album, Brightly Painted One, released in 2014.

Fullbrook recorded a collection of songs in Brooklyn NY with drummer Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, resulting in EP Hurtling Through, released late 2015. This was followed by the 2016 release of Dream Wave – a 7″ single recorded/produced by renowned filmmaker David Lynch.

First single ‘How Much’ from the third Tiny Ruins LP was released 7th August 2018.

The first single from Tiny Ruins album No.3

Performed by:
Cass Basil: bass guitar, backing vocals
Alex Freer: drums
Hollie Fullbrook: vocals, acoustic guitar, cello
Tom Healy: electric guitar

New Zealand’s Hollie Fullbrook – aka Tiny Ruins  is sharing new David Lynch-recorded track “Dream Wave”

“Dream Wave” is a tranquil, pared-back track with vaguely folky melodies and a gradually rising sense of the macabre. It’s introduced with warm acoustic flutters and lush vocals, but as the seconds tick by, echoes intesify and dischordant fragments jut up into the layers. It’s subtle and striking.

The collaboration with the acclaimed director/producer arose following Ella Yelich O’Connor – Lorde – sending the demo of “Dream Wave” to him. Fullbrook learned (while sleeping on a stranger’s floor in Boston while touring the USA), that Lynch was quite fond of the track and wanted to record it with her, so she schlepped down the country to Los Angeles, and “Dream Wave” was tracked with Lynch when Fullbrook met him at his Hollywood Hills studio – the results are very special indeed.

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The new single follows last year’s Bella Union EP Hurtling Through (Flying Nun in NZ and Spunk in Australia). “Dream Wave” is released on a limited edition 7″, and pre-orders are available now.

check out Tiny Ruins’ upcoming tour dates with Hamish Kilgour

Tiny Ruins: Live in Session for the Sideways Through Sound radio show on 2SER 107.3 Sydney, Australia.

1. Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens
2. Kings County

Tiny Ruins released their second album on Bella Union Records  “Brightly Painted One”, in May 2014 and have since embarked on an international tour of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the USA and Europe, seeing them through until Iceland in November. of last year . Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, the band now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer.

While continuing to be based in New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA, touring with and opening for bands such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Handsome Family, Calexico and Neil Finn.

New Zealander Singer Songwriter Hollie Fullbrook and a track from the album “Brightly Painted One” Having previously worked as a solo artist, New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook took the moniker of Tiny Ruins back in 2009. With bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alex Freer added to the line-up, Tiny Ruins released its sophomore album, “Brightly Painted One”, this year on Bella Union. There is a beguiling subtlety to the record, highlighted by Fullbrook’s delicate finger-picked guitar work, her softly longing vocals and sensitive accompaniments by her band mates. Her songs are often quirky and always graced with subtle observations. “Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens” neatly sums up Tiny Ruins’ charms.

Initially formed as a solo creation of New Zealand singer songwriter, Hollie Fullbrook, Tiny Ruins have recently concluded their first major tour in connection to the band’s new album, Brightly Painted One  available on Bella Union Since the album’s release in  Mid May 2014, Fullbrook, along with bassist, Cass Basil and drummer, Alexander Freer, have completed two North American tours, the second in support of Sharon Van Etten. They are currently based in Auckland and have spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, the UK, Ireland and Europe, touring with and opening for bands such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Handsome Family, Calexico and fellow countryman, Neil Finn of Split Enz.

Session recordings for Night Owl took place during Calgary Folk Festival in Inglewood within the 1890 built schoolhouse at the AREA. The track can be found on Brightly Painted One which is out on Bella Union and Flying Nun. Previous Tiny Ruins releases include 2010’s collaborative EP “Little Notes”, and 2011’s celebrated debut “Some Were Meant for Sea”, and a collection of older songs & B-sides titled “Haunts”, recorded by the band on 8-track and released in 2013.


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