For all you people that fell in love with the Queen of the Meadow album that came out last year: they are coming here for a short tour in 2 weeks! Four dates in The Netherlands in four main cities. You can finally meet these lovely people too and, more importantly, hear the timeless indie folk songs in a live setting. We can’t be more excited. Please come!
The video is more than beautiful. When we saw this for the first time, we were blown away and it totally convinced us this artist is truly something special. We wanted in, after seeing this. We are glad it’s finally out there, so you can be included in this secret as well.
There’s a nice piece and an interview about the song & video with mastermind Mark Lohmann over here on their website.
We welcome Moon Moon Moon to the Tiny Room family! Shimmering & gritty indie pop, straight from a bedroom in Heerhugowaard. Highly addictive, for fans of Sparklehorse, Eels, Grandaddy, Múm, The Microphones, Bright Eyes… so basically anyone who loves melancholy melodies and exciting arrangements. We know we do!
Listen to ‘Hazelverse’ and title song ‘Help! Help! now below. Pre-order today and receive it before anyone else!
This Saturday and Sunday the biggest and most awesome 24-hour celebration of the Dutch independent underground Van Onderen takes place in Paradiso Amsterdam. We are so excited to be a part of it!
This Leo Sunrise will be playing on Sunday morning from 9.45 to 10.15 in the small room, upstairs. Sven Agaath plays a little bit earlier in the basement, from 9.00 to 9.30. And Lost Bear is doing a few acoustic songs in the hour-long fest that our grubby sister organization Shaky Maracas hosts, on Saturday from 13.00 to 14.00 (also in the basement).
In 2016 we released five amazing records. It all started off on the 1st of January with the new, weird Lost Bear single Craaash! b/w Captain Salt. The electronic pop/new wave song marked a departure from their previous indie rock sound. They also made a really cool video for it, starring Eline Karstens, Yorke Mulder-Bhangoo and a lot of pink cakes:
In May we released the long forgotten masterpiece by Master Solo, a singer/songwriter extraordinaire from Norwich, UK. He finished this album 8 years ago, but it was never released. He came over to Utrecht for a one-off release show, where Lost Bear played as his backing band. It was a magical show. We still have some cassettes left.
Shortly after that, the debut album Aligned With Juniper by Queen of the Meadow was released. Helen Ferguson & Julien Pras recorded this very special folk album in Bordeaux. These were the first songs Helen ever wrote.
This was our statement at the time: Really, the whole record makes us smile and cry at the same time. It’s a heartbreaking, beautiful, timeless indie pop/folk album. It changed our life, and our perspective on music. We think that this is an album that should be heard. That’s why we release it, that’s why we think you should give it a listen too. There is no point in releasing okay-ish albums, and this one is right up there in our favorite-albums-ever section. You might think we’re exaggerating, but it’s the damn truth. Or at least our truth.
Here Comes The Flood put the album in their top 20 of 2016.
After the summer, lo-fi indie rockers Lost Bear made their real comeback with Inside The Dragon, a massive double album containing 30 songs and over 70 minutes of music. Received well by press and public, they finally managed to capture their enthusiasm, creativity, sadness, and alcoholism in their recordings. A special document.
To top off a great year (for Tiny Room, not in general), Todd Tobias released his new album Gila Man. A psychedelic sci-fi western, for the first time with (beautiful) vocals by Chloë March. We know Todd Tobias is serving a really small niche market, but we are – as his biggest fans – extremely proud to be a part of that. Anyone who likes Popol Vuh, American Analog Set, The Residents and Ennio Morricone should give this record a listen. As long as Todd keeps making these awesome, haunting records, we keep releasing them.
Thank you Le Mini Who? and all you lovely people coming out to see Lost Bear doing the Rock and eating garlic. They had a great time pretending they’re the biggest rock band in the Netherlands. Watch a video of two songs (shot by Joost Hangfield) here:
The release show of Inside The Dragon (the new double LP by Lost Bear) in dB’s, Utrecht was a great success! An uplifting show by lo-fi all-female pop group Cora Kemperman & De Schuurmachines, quiet & gloomy ditties by The Avonden and loud and harsh anthems by Baby Galaxy. Lost Bear was focussed, energetic, absurd and dynamic. In between bands the great Johan Gijsen was spinning the CDs (how 90s can you get?). Lots of love, beer, and great people. 3voor12/Utrecht was there as well, they wrote a piece and shot some nice pictures. Read it here.