PRESS QUOTES Louder Than War: “What is notable is the quality of the lyrics on this release, and how they dovetail with the musical score” Timpaan Muziek: “A beautiful, sober and dark album for the late hours” Here Comes The Flood: “Fans of serious and dreamy lo-fi folk will love it” Music Won’t Save You: “With Samsara, The World of Dust opened up new avenues for ‘bedroom’ music” WoNoBloG: “In the calmness, The World of Dust finds a pop feel that is rather infectuous” Ingeplugd: “An album with a lot to discover” The Next Gig: “The voice of Breuer has a hypnotic quality, and the instrumental collaboration between Tobias and Breuer is solid as a rock” De Subjectivisten: “A strong and captivating album full of sadness” 3voor12/Utrecht: “A beautiful ride”
This slowcore/dream-pop collaboration between Stefan Breuer and Todd Tobias is a co-release between Tiny Room Records (NL), Hidden Shoal (Australia), Honest House (Belgium) and Stereo Dasein(Germany). Later this year, Moorworks (Japan) will release it as well.
We’re very excited to present the second single lifted from Samsara, the fifth album by Dutch slowcore dream-pop artist The World of Dust. The single is accompanied by a wonderfully playful music video featuring 157 action figures from the late ’80s & early ’90s. Check out the video below and stream the song here.
The album will see official release on the 1st of March 2019 with pre-orders available now in our store.
DIY takes time. Watch this video of Leo Meijer folding the sleeve for the Bonnie Prince Billy & Naked Shortsellers split 7″ that we released a few months ago. He did 333 copies like this… (w/ a little help from our friends)
It was sold out, but we unearthed a few copies from our attic stock. There are 10 more copies for sale right now in our Bandcamp store:
Samsara, the new album by The World of Dust will be released on March 1, 2019 on CD and LP. First single Blood is out now, listen on Soundcloud:
Samsara is effectively a full-length collaboration between The World of Dust’s Stefan Breuer and Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard, Circus Devils). Previously contributing keyboard arrangements for 2015’s World of Dust album Womb Realm, Tobias created all the instrumental backdrops for Samsara’s evocative songs. A shadowy universe of forlorn beauty, this lo-fi bedroom pop experiment is shrouded in elemental imagery and laden with ennui. Intimate and wistful, Samsara mines a similarly rich emotive seam to artists like Mount Eerie, Sparklehorse and Pedro the Lion.
The process for Samsara saw Tobias send Breuer 26 instrumental ideas, from which Breuer chose those which resonated with him most. Over the course of nearly two years, Breuer wrote and refined an especially personal suite of lyrics, reflecting his struggles with his mental health and his experience of becoming a father. The result is World of Dust’s most fully realized and vivid album to date.
This album will be released in The Netherlands by Tiny Room Records, in Belgium by Honest House, in Germany by Stereo Dasein and in Australia by Hidden Shoal (who also do licensing). Later in 2019, MOORWORKS will release Samsara in Japan.
Pre-orders for this limited (333 copies), numbered slab of wax in a beautiful handmade sleeve are up at our store. Don’t sleep on it!
About Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – The Best of Folks:
“The Best Of Folks is as much a guide for survival in a world of increasing alienation and digital dependency, as it is a highlight of a long-running career.”
About Naked Shortsellers – Harbour Men
“Occupying an alt.county hinterland made up of pedal steel guitars, shimmering twangs and sweeping aural vistas, this is a track that perfectly encapsulates those long winter nights.”
This is happening! To top off a brilliant year full of beautiful releases, we end 2018 with a bang. An intimate & sad bang though, ha! Our biggest international release so far…
On December 21st, we’ll release a split 7″ by American indie hero Bonnie Prince Billy and new Utrecht supergroup Naked Shortsellers. Two new songs to celebrate the long-term relationship by highly acclaimed musician Will Oldham and Dutch musician (and Oldham’s webmaster) Leo Meijer. It’s beyond perfect.
This is the cover of the sleeve, a painting made by Rik Berkhout. More info this week!
Canadian psych folk artist Astral Swans is visiting The Netherlands for 8 shows, starting next week!
We are super super excited to announce this Dutch tour for our Canadian friend Astral Swans. After the release of the critically acclaimed Strange Prison in May 2018, we can’t wait to hear him play these songs in a live setting.
A lot of the dates are with other Tiny Room bands Howart, Sven Agaath or The World of Dust. See the poster for venues, and this list of facebook event links to RSVP your ass off.
Next week we host a Tiny Room evening in the cafe of De Helling in Utrecht. Sven Agaath and LOGOUT will be playing, the entrance is free and it’s part of the OPEN series. It will be awesome, come over and party! Facebook event HERE.
This should have been up earlier, but we have been lost in the world of Le Guess Who? this weekend, great as ever. Anyway, there is a new record coming out on Dec 7th on Tiny Room Records that you should know about!
It’s a split 12″ (100 copies made) of Belgian indie rock band Taïfun and Utrecht-based power trio Holden Goldmund. 2 sides, 2 bands, 2 countries, 8 songs, all great. We release it in the Netherlands, Honest House is covering Belgium and Stereo Dasein takes care of Germany.