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!
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.
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.
The new Todd Tobias album Gila Man is a wordless musical novella that merges a psychedelic Western with shadowy science fiction. Listen to first single Pollen Path (featuring beautiful vocals by Chloe March) now!
All Todd Tobias solo albums tell a story. Impossible Cities (2014) was based on the book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Tristes Tropiques (2015) drew its inspiration from a book with the same title by Claude Lévi-Strauss. Gila Man (release date: October 18th, 2016) totally relies on your own imagination. It’s a soundtrack to an imaginary film. Some records need that fascinating, endless fantasy that children have, and Gila Man is such a record. Create your own stories while listening to its amazing soundtrack. Let Gila Man be your guide.
It’s also the first Todd solo album to contain beautiful (wordless) vocals by English songwriter Chloë March. Gila Man delivers a mixture of psychedelic Western and dark science fiction and is a worthy addition to the wide sound palette Todd created so far with his other albums. The surreal, dreamy and sometimes frightening songs are suitable for anyone who likes adventurous, experimental, weird or melancholy music (like Popol Vuh, American Analog Set, The Residents and Ennio Morricone).
Listen to the Album Teaser (provided by our publishing partners Hidden Shoal) here:
Gila Man is out on Tiny Room Records on October 18th. Single ‘Pollen Path’ will precede the album on September 6th.
1. Down From Sky Island
2. Race To The Barrens
3. Pollen Path
4. Howlers Hill
5. Queen Mab
6. Highlake’s Last Stand
8. Popskull Kid
9. The Talon
10. Doctor Of Mars
11. Sky Island Return
13. Dowser’s Leap
14. Lost Nation Road
The press is treating the new Queen of the Meadow album very well. Thank you all for these kind words! Last week, another awesome review appeared on Krenten Uit de Pop as well as in the latest OOR:
We did our best collecting (and translating) these opinions. Below you’ll find 12 separate reasons (from people with authority) why you should buy Aligned With Juniper on our Bandcamp page.
OOR: “enchanting acoustic songs”
Caleidoscoop: “an incredible dream debut”
Krenten Uit De Pop: “extremely charming pop songs”
Hifi: “endearing and addictive”
Music Won’t Save You: “Aligned With Juniper is the epitome of immediacy and spontaneity”
Ingeplugd: “the rare flower among all the others in the meadow”
ProgLog Afterglow: “beautiful, frail compositions with fragile vocals”
Rudolfs Music: “a special and intimate album with folk music in its purest form”
Here Comes The Flood: “songs that are both soothing and confident”
Written In Music: “the contradiction in sound, emotion and lyrics makes this album special and versatile” – 4.5/5 stars
Peek-A-Boo: “a strong debut” – 8/10 stars
In De Ban Van: 4/5 stars
On September 16th we will release Inside The Dragon, the new double LP (on two slabs of blue wax) by Lost Bear. A lot of songs in a lot of minutes. Never Mind The Hype just premiered this news, along with a new track from the album called Boomerang Bolsjevic. It’s different than Craaash!, the single that came out on January 1st (also featured on the album). We imagine there’s a lot of gold digging in this creative explosion, for people who like music from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Music for people who like music, in general. Read the great piece on Never Mind The Hype here, so you can get as excited as we are!
Lost Bear – Inside The Dragon
2xLP (12″ blue vinyl)
Out on September 16th, 2016 on Tiny Room Records
A. HAPPY HUNTING 1. Demonico In Rosso
3. African Barbershops
4. Nos Photos Parlantes
5. Electric Utopia
6. Excessive Violins
7. Inflatable Jesus
B. BRAIN ZAP 8. Magic Wallet
9. The Honesty Trains
10. Cedric Superchord
11. Everybody Loves Hanuta
12. Sugarheart (Diabetic For A Week)
14. Malenky Bit Nasty
C. BORN A PICKLE, DIED A SHEEP 15. Geeter
16. Inside The Dragon
17. Boomerang Bolsjevic
18. Count Count
19. Radio Telescopes
20. Wind, Hat, Blown, Wet
21. Delay On / Light Off
D. WEALTHY LITTLE BADGER 22. Yeah Yeah Crispy Michael, Let’s Go!
23. Young Rick
24. Fields Of Mayonnaise
25. Garden Of Nettles
26. Between My Legs
27. Gnang Nang Nang
28. Eggs ‘n Grapes
29. Rainbow Weaver
30. A F#00 Organic
In a few weeks, the debut album by French duo Queen of the Meadow will be released on Tiny Room Records. The lovely and talented couple Helen Ferguson and Julien Pras from Bordeaux (France) made this album together. We are really happy to release it on cd/digital on June 10th, 2016.
THE ALBUM IS AMAZING.
Really, the whole record makes us smile and cry at the same time. It’s a heartbreaking, beautiful, timeless indiepop/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.
And now, it’s finally time to share. So here it is, the opening song of Aligned With Juniper – and first single by Queen of the Meadow – called Caleb. Pre-orders are up now too. They will ship right away!