With her second album Brightly Painted One due for release 5th May on Bella Union, TINY RUINS has just announced an extensive run of UK live dates throughout April and May. Hollie Fullbrook and her bandmates will perform headline shows in London and Norwich before joining NZ compatriot Neil Finn as special guests across his UK and Ireland tour. The band will then play three more headline shows in late May. Upcoming live info below:
Thursday 17 April - LONDON - Servant Jazz Quarters
Sunday 20 April - NORWICH - The Bicycle Shop
Wednesday 23 April - GLASGOW - Royal Concert Halls (supporting Neil Finn)
Thursday 24 April - GATESHEAD - Sage (supporting Neil Finn)
Saturday 26 April - BRISTOL - Colston Hall (supporting Neil Finn)
Sunday 27 April - MANCHESTER - Lowry (supporting Neil Finn)
Monday 28 April - BIRMINGHAM - Symphony Hall (supporting Neil Finn)
Wednesday 30 April - DUBLIN - Olympia (supporting Neil Finn)
Thursday 1 May - CORK - Opera House (supporting Neil Finn)
Saturday 3 May - LONDON - Royal Festival Hall (supporting Neil Finn)
Sunday 4 May - CAMBRIDGE - Corn Exchange (supporting Neil Finn)
Monday 5 May - NOTTINGHAM - Royal Concert Hall (supporting Neil Finn)
Thursday 22 May - BIRMINGHAM - The Glee Club
Friday 23 May - BRISTOL - Grain Barge
Saturday 24 May - LONDON - Heath Street Baptist Church
Tiny Ruins will release their second album, Brightly Painted One, on 5th May. The album is their first since signing with Bella Union in the UK/Europe.
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 their native New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, Europe & the US, opening for artists such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, The Handsome Family and Calexico.
Lyrically ambiguous and poignant, the songs roughly follow in the traditions of folk and blues that Fullbrook has drawn on in the past, engaging moods both hopeful and world-weary. Yet there is more of an expansive approach to this album - where debut Some Were Meant for Sea presented a host of characterful vignettes, Brightly Painted One follows a journey, cyclical and whole, with tones falling between dream pop and folk-blues.
While still retaining a minimalist approach, this sophomore release is layered and shaped with an array of brass, percussion and strings.The arrangements are lush and fully-realized, with the warm fuzz of hammond and rhodes keyboards, subtle string parts and electric guitar jangles and thrums. Brightly Painted One was recorded with engineer Tom Healy over several months in an underground warren of passageways and small rooms known as 'The Lab', in Auckland, the band's hometown.
The writing of these songs spans roughly three years, growing out of Fullbrook's varied life of touring, working when home, relationships and everyday observation. From the mountain walks of She'll Be Coming 'Round , the roof-tops of White Sheet Lightning and the street corners of Reasonable Man, the songs document the stasis and the movement of life; of persevering its humour and mystery. Brightly Painted One will be released 5th May on Bella Union.
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