Watch Queen of the Meadow play their new song Withdrawn in Groningen, last Saturday:
Last weekend, four amazing shows by French folk duo Queen of the Meadow took place throughout The Netherlands (in Studio Patrick in Utrecht, Wijnbar Koffie & Ambacht in Rotterdam, Lola in Groningen and Filmtheater Kriterion in Amsterdam). Thanks to everybody who came out to see this magical band from Bordeaux on their first tour ever!
And a big thank you to Helen Ferguson and Julien Pras for taking these beautiful songs on the road.
This is going to happen! Finally!
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 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 the Shaky Maracas hour, there are A LOT of great projects and bands from our friends (Lost Bear members, Bonne Aparte members and Ducktape Records people) playing. Read about them here: http://www.van-onderen.nl/shaky-maracas/. Don’t miss this!
In between these recommendations, there are more than 80 other options to see shows, and they’re all good. There is no need to highlight any of them – just go to all of them. Bring your own drugs.
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.
And Theo Ploeg put it in his top 20 of 2016.
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 for listening, see you in 2017!
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: