Tiny Room Records presents Amialluma: a hypnotic 10-track collaboration between American musician Todd Tobias and English vocalist Chloë March. Dwelling in a mysterious hinterland somewhere between Cocteau Twins’ seminal Victorialand and The Caretaker’s Persistent Repetition of Phrases, Amialluma dances between the earthly and heavenly. Chloë March’s celestial voice shines a light through Todd Tobias’s dark, fantastical soundscapes, resulting in a sublime, uncanny experience that enraptures and unsettles in equal measure.
Through a process of improvisation sparked by the emotive power of Tobias’s music, March developed a lyrical world of word-invention sung into archaic lullabies and tales. The lyrics centre around a child’s journey from the safety of its mother’s arms through an ancient, shadowy world. Overcoming fear and meeting with otherworldly guides, the child finds independence and reveals a deep connection with nature.
Amialluma will be released on CD by Tiny Room Records, on September 4, 2018. Publishing through Hidden Shoal. Listen to the first single Lallulow here:
After the release of Aligned With Juniper (2016), Helen Ferguson withdrew from the writing process for several months. At that point, there was nothing new to say, no new stories to tell. This all changed after a major health breakdown. Following a prescription mistake, Helen found herself in a severe four-day psychotic state filled with paranoia and panic attacks. She realized she was becoming insane. Fortunately, the doctor figured out the problem and switched the medication, gradually fading the effects.
This marked the start of the new album by Queen of the Meadow, called A Room to Store Happiness. The first song that was written, and therefore guided the direction of the record, was Withdrawn. This song has a lively spirit, making it a thankful and hopeful ode to music and how it can save you in hard times. All songs on the record ended up with a stronger fighter spirit than before, creating a sense of empowerment.
A Room to Store Happiness is intimate but bright, melancholic yet combative. Helen and her (musical and life) partner Julien Pras made a sad record about moments of joy, stored in an old room. Feel free to enter the room and share this celebration of (all aspects of) life.
Listen to Withdrawn and Ashes Adèle on our Bandcamp and preorder the CD/LP:
Sometimes we are so busy with all the things surrounding an upcoming release that we forget there are more artists in a label roster. Heerhugowaiian pride Moon Moon Moon for instance, who seems to write more songs for breakfast than most of us do in a year. And THEY’RE ALL GOOD. It doesn’t mean, with all the limited resources we have, that we can release everything this young fellow does in his bedroom (for instance: if you want a label to release A LOT, including sleep, or a dream, or weird stuff like that, go to Smikkelbaard or Shaky Maracas) on our label. But we sure as hell can share it! Fans among each other: watch this:
Or this one:
There is more on his Youtube channel. Oh yeah, he also self-released a new album called Oohohoo on his Bandcamp page, as well as written/recorded the first part of a series of journal entries – this one being about visiting the Popronde Pre-Party and feeling awkward.
Sven Agaath is recording their second album this weekend in the Katzwijm Studio in Voorhout. Thick analogue sounds on their danceable grunge hits. We are really excited and curious to hear the end result!