Brace yourself when entering the disorienting world of Moonchy & Tobias, where churning rock textures created by Todd Tobias are the landscape within which vocalist Pat Moonchy runs riot, warping her voice into every recess and shape available. Skirting the boundary between fairytale and nightmare, the angular architecture of the music is softened and stretched at every juncture. Whether the pounding bass of ‘Juu Ichi’, the bubbling submarine atmospheres of ‘Vertigo Trail’, or the percussion and fuzz carnival of single ‘Une Saison En Enfer’, Moonchy and Tobias create a transformative musical experience in which giddy tangents abound.
Moonchy & Tobias pairs Italian vocalistPat Moonchy with American instrumentalist Todd Tobias. Moonchy is one-half of the experimental band Sothiac, in duos alongside trombonist Angelo Contini and jazz drummer Lino Liguori, in the Tai-No Orchestra, and with German krautrock pioneers Faust. Ohio native Tobias is a long-time collaborator with Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices), and provided the musical backing to Pollard’s vocals in the freak-rock trio Circus Devils. Tobias has also released a series of themed instrumental albums under his own name.
The video is about Helen overcoming her fear of dancing, by working together with a professional dancer who she admires. She learned to dance on one day, and they shot the video the next day. In the choreography, that came to Helen during a nightly vision and features two opposite women in a sort of schizophrenic setting, you see Helen opening up and gaining self-confidence. The two dancers show the world what beautiful art you can create in a very short time, when you’re determined to try and take chances. Bravo!
Empty Room is the 2nd single of A Room To Store Happiness, the CD/LP that will be released on Tiny Room Records (NL) and Only Lovers Records (FR) on October 5, 2018. Pre-orders 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:
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:
Next month, we will release Massabu Evening Entertainments by Todd Tobias. The album, to be released on cd and cassette, is a rollicking 14-track set of Middle-Eastern flavored psychedelica. Tobias creates an image of an exotic sea port town, Massabu. In this city, there’s a night club grotto called The Blind Baboon, filled with wild dancers and intoxicating fumes. House band Combo Qasam plays their provocative rhythms every night until their fingers bleed.
Also on the album is Italian vocalist Pat Moonchy (Faust, Sothiac), who lends her playful, otherworldly touch on three tracks, as well as Chloë March and Tim Tobias.
Listen now to Do The Massabu and Yogi vs. Yeti and pre-order the CD or cassette!
Only a year after releasing Inside The Dragon, Utrecht based alternative rock band Lost Bear presents us Donkey Shot. A considerably more compact album, with eleven songs recorded on an 8-track cassette tape recorder, mixed and mastered by Floyd Atema (The Sweet Release of Death, Zea). The songs are sinister and dark, with elements from post punk, new wave, dub and avant-garde. By adding keys and sound effects Lost Bear creates an alienating and invasive atmosphere. They seem to translate the current absurd Zeitgeist, for example by shouting out the name of psychotic childhood hero Pee Wee (in Little Big Adventure).
Lost Bear won’t get more political than this. Donkey Shot breathes the deception, the emptiness and the lack of love and empathy that define this decade. For example in Hallway of Echoes, where singer Casper Steenhuizen croons ‘hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow’. Listening to the album one gets carried away in the madness, losing touch with reality during side B. You find your estranged self in a room with drunk maniacs, while you hold a diet coke in your hand. It’s a slippery slope, but it all ends well. ‘No clue why I’m here, but I’m smiling’.
Listen now to the first track released from the album, called ‘Rap Song’. Pre-orders of the limited edition vinyl record are up now too on Bandcamp.
Golden Moon, the new album by The World Of Dust, will be out May 19th on Tiny Room Records. Listen to the first track now and pre-order here:
Golden Moon was recorded with primitive recording techniques, creating a vibe similar to the Mountain Goats, Cass McCombs, Guided By Voices and Grandaddy, only a lot more varied. It sounds like a twisted, diverse, psychedelic lo-fi radio station. All songs were spontaneously recorded in the process of writing. A 44-page full colour collage book with the same title will be released on the same day. Golden Moon is a document of an artistic peak where joy, experiment and playfulness are preferred over ambitious aspirations.
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!
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!