Today marks the release of the collaboration between Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Todd Tobias and English singer Chloe March. Welcome, Amialluma!
Expect some hauntingly beautiful ambient sounds and a made up language sung with a gorgeous, low female voice. Not all the adjectives we can come up with, but all you’re gonna get at the moment. Because you can read adjectives all day and stare at your newsfeed, or you can give this a spin and dream awaaaaay.
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 The first song that was written, and therefore guided the direction of the record, was Withdrawn.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:
The new Queen of the Meadow album A Room To Store Happiness will be out on October 5th, CD/LP/digital. We will release the album in The Netherlands, as a collaboration with Only Lovers Records (France).
We are proud to present you the first single & video of the album, the beautiful song Withdrawn.
If you are into material stuff, you will know where to go by now (our bandcamp store). If you are leading a more minimal way of life, you are probably into streaming. Well, Howart’s debut mini album is now on all streaming platforms!
Meet Astral Swans, the king of sarcastic and sad lo-fi folkiness. His new LP ‘Strange Prison’ is released today on Tiny Room Records (in collaboration with Saved By Vinyl in Canada and Moorworks in Japan).
We are delighted to add Canadian artist Astral Swans to our roster! We have been fans since his wonderful debut All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson came out on Dan Mangan’s Madic Records. Matthew Swann (the artist behind Astral Swans) is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet too. His new album Strange Prison will be released on May 18, 2018 through Tiny Room Records (in collaboration with Saved By Vinyl in Canada and Moorworks in Japan). The album is produced by Preoccupations’ Scott Munro, Dan Mangan and Paul Chirka and is Matthew’s most sonically exploratory and emotionally resonant release to date.
First single What Are You Gonna Do With Yourself is out now, and there’s a lovely psychedelic cat video for it. The song is a soothing yet tongue-in-cheek meditation on aging artists’ fears of being left behind. Watch it here: