Happy announcement: we welcome Geri van Essen to the Tiny Room family! This London-based Dutch songwriter makes amazing, timeless folk songs that appeal to the imagination. We are currently working together on her new album, that will come out on Tiny Room Records later this year. Now, to tickle the hype and let the announcement not be a hollow one, we present to you first single 23/32!
23/32 was written in one sitting, hummed into Van Essens phone in the staircase of her office, late summer 2019. It’s mostly a general observation of people struggling to feel content, playing with the notion of past and future from different perspectives.
Watch the stunning video made by Holly Birtles here:
Happy release day to Karl Blau and The World of Dust! Today, their joint effort Blue Herons sees the light of day on Tiny Room Records. On this 7″ split record, the experimental lo-fi indie rockers from both sides of the world provide new recordings about their former and present hometowns. A limited edition of 200 vinyl copies is available in our webshop.
The World of Dust made a video for his song The Life of Gods, which is about moving with his family from Hoograven, Utrecht to the nearby village Bilthoven, in the Netherlands. Find it on licensing partner Hidden Shoal’s YouTube channel:
We are very happy to announce that Combo Qazam’s debut album Flight Music is released today on Tiny Room Records!
The ten songs shift from math rock guitars to kraut rhythms, while maintaining a dense and intense mid-fi indie sound that fans of experimental rock such as Wire, Battles, Beak>, Pinback and Tortoise will enjoy.
Glad to finally announce this: we are putting out a split 7″ record of The World of Dust with Karl Blau! How amazing is that… The joint effort is called Blue Herons, will come out on June 5, 2020 and both artists contributed with songs about the places they live or lived. There are only 200 copies available. Pre-orders are up now in our Bandcamp store.
Karl’s side of the wax is a cover of Pounding Serfs (an 80s K Records band), which became the theme song for Anacortes, Washington State, USA. The lovely, seaside village of Anacortes was Blau’s home for 25 years, until his recent move to Philadelphia.
In The Life of Gods, Stefan from The World of Dust describes the move his family made four years ago from Hoograven, Utrecht, The Netherlands to the nearby village Bilthoven.
The debut album by Dutch post-punk band Combo Qazam is called ‘Flight Music’ and will be released by Tiny Room Records on May 20, 2020. The ten songs shift from math rock guitars to kraut rhythms, while maintaining a dense and intense mid-fi indie sound that fans of experimental rock such as Wire, Battles, Beak>, Pinback and Tortoise will enjoy.
All tour dates before summer have been postponed because of the coronavirus situation, but we still wanted to get this album out there on the planned release date. We worked hard on it and are proud of it. A lot of bands are postponing their releases, but we figured you people need more weird guitar rock to flee from reality. ‘Flight Music’ provides this escape. Stay tuned for pre-orders. In the meantime, listen to the singles Ions and Owls on Spotify. The amazing cover art was made by James O’Malley from Cleveland, Ohio.
Combo Qazam‘s second single Owls is a fast-paced race through the concrete jungle of Western life. Shattered dreams are lying on the pavement, while you’re being laughed at by wise creatures – which might be the owls, or the clownlike guitars in the chorus. The song shows no mercy and no way back, just the possibility to keep up with the rhythm section and hope for the best. And the best is probably just to try to keep standing.
Microplaza will perform their new mini-album ‘We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together’ this Saturday, 15:00, on the Tiny Room Records Facebook timeline. This semi-live quarantine video is the substitute to the live show that was originally planned in Dig It! Recordstore, Utrecht. Since meeting physically is not possible at the moment, we do what we can. So we offer this specially prepared ‘semi-live’ performance with live versions of the songs on the record, recorded remotely.
Stay at home, stay healthy. Watch and celebrate this 10-minute performance with us, and afterwards have a drink and talk in a Zoom session! After that, the remaining records (limited edition of 30 7″ records) will be for sale in the Tiny Room webshop.
Update on the corona situation from the Tiny Room Records HQ. At this point it feels a bit strange to continue work as planned. In some cases, continuation is also impossible because of closed facilities and the fact that we stay at home as much as possible. Tiny Room is a non-profit organization, and luckily we won’t loose a lot of money. Some of our bands have cancelled shows, which always sucks but is not the most important thing right now. We feel for the artists who made this their jobs. Hang in there!
Although putting out records is not our main income, it is one of the main reasons we live and enjoy life: making and sharing art and music. Being homebound, we expect more new stuff very soon. Probably from the musicians without kids, because after a week with two kids (age 3 and 6) in the Tiny Room HQ, we didn’t see a lot of recording happening 😉
We also have planned releases that we want to keep sharing. There is some upcoming vinyl and upcoming tours, and we’ll see what the best options are with every release. What do YOU want? Should we keep releasing things digitally? Should we keep promoting new music? Putting out and sending out new records? Is there still a demand for that? Is this a time when people have more time to listen to new music, or do they have other things on their mind?
For now, these are the upcoming releases with the current status:
April 11 – Microplaza – We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together Digital release will go live on April 11. We are still awaiting the 7″ vinyl records. There is a release show planned on April 12 in Dig It! Recordstore in Utrecht, but when we have to postpone it, we’ll celebrate the physical release at a later point. We will still send out packages as long as the postal offices stay open.
May 20 – Combo Qazam – Flight Music Same story: digital release will go live, promotion will proceed. If we don’t have the vinyl or have to cancel the release tour (May 20-23) we’ll celebrate and sell this beautiful slab of vinyl later this year.
Another cool release was almost finished, a split 7″ between The World of Dust and Karl Blau. It was set for April 7, but we can’t finish the sleeves at the moment and we are postponing this release until we can do right to this release.
Hang in there, stay at home, stay positive, listen/share music, ideas, thoughts and look out for each other in this strange times.
Watch the new video by indie pop duo Microplaza for single Through The Fabric, the first sign of life of their new 7″ EP We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together, out April 11 (limited edition of 30) on Tiny Room Records.
We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together is the follow-up to Microplaza’s self-titled debut, which was praised for its combination of accessibility and alienation. The duo returns with six flawless indie pop miniatures: more consistent, darker and more intense than the debut, but just as inventive and surprising.
The second album by psychedelic duo Moonchy & Tobias has been released! ‘Atmosfere’ is more, eh, atmospheric, and subdued than the debut album (that was all over the place – in a good way). This is an album you can play at Sunday breakfast, or during Christmas with your parents. Well, if you (and your parents) are into parallel universes and magic fairies, because it’s still not the kind of folk you might be used to. The childlike voice of Pat Moonchy blends together perfectly with Todd Tobias’ soft strumming and fingerpicking. It’s like Múm did an opera of Linda Perhacs’ songs. In Italian. Gotta love it!
Press: Here Comes The Flood: “All tracks are invitations to dream and wonder” De Subjectivisten: “A special and beautiful album, for which comparisons cannot easily be made” Felt That: “Relish the softness and gentless of this humble soundtrack for every day use”