Depending where you live and what music you like, you may have never heard of New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins. Primarily lead by singer songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, the now four piece makes intriguing music that sounds like incidental music for the soul. On their new full length Olympic Girls, they give us some of the prettiest music to come out in a while, while feeding our senses at the same time.
We should start by saying that all of these songs are noteworthy. There’s something about the way Fallbrook sings against arrangements and instrumentation, that doesn’t really remind you of anyone else. There are folky touches, moments of twee, but essentially Tiny Ruins are in a class of their own. The pop structure of “Olympic Girls,” the singer songwriter nuances of “School of Design” and the orchestral movements “How Much” are just the first three tracks, but all are standouts. The bar of how this band writes songs feels very high, there are no real throwaway tracks on this album. Instead each song has a weight of its own as well as its own soul.
The tender pieces of “Kore Waits in the Underworld” feels like soft fabric upon your skin, the massive sound of “One Million Flowers” holds throughout while it still feels like you’re the only one being sung to is masterful. The whole album is full of songs that tug at your heart, warm your inner spirit, and take hold of your ears in a way that’s hard to come by in today’s fast moving music space.
You can stream Olympic Girls on all streaming sites, you can purchase it digitally in all digital store fronts including Bandcamp, or you can pick it up physically from Ba Da Bing Records. Tiny Ruins will be on tour throughout Europe beginning March 21 at Paradiso in Cinetol, Amsterdam until April 13 at Crowded in Oslo. The complete run of their upcoming dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Si Moore.