Geri van Essen‘s beautiful new folk album Cleaned the Windows is out today on CD and digitally! 🥳 Listen to this record now on Bandcamp, Spotify, or buy the CD to support the artist directly. Here are some useful links for you:
Geri van Essen: “Even though I’ve essentially written another set of laments, I think a there is a jumble of emotions in the production of this album and I’m very happy with that.”
The press has been happy as well: The Next Gig: “an honest folk album, contemporary with a nod to the past” Timpaan Muziek: “ideal for dreaming away in a melancholic mood at night” Here Comes The Flood: “Cleaned the Windows is like a gentle summer breeze – highly enjoyable and reinvigorating”
We released Tiny Wine’s debut EP Archer yesterday on 7″ vinyl and cassette! You can purchase now on our Bandcamp – we will ship in January. If you’re into lo-fi bedroom pop like Daniel Johnston, Smog and GBV, you might want to check this out. Limited edition, cool underground 4-track stuff, harking back to a golden era of indie music.
They also wrote some cool words: “It sounds warped and faded, rippling from another time with lo-fi beauty. There’s a backward ambiance to it, with just the voices, sparse guitar, and the simple crack of the rhythm holding it together like homemade glue. It’s a dreamy song that pulls on those themes of nostalgia. The band work a nice buzzing guitar riff and a catchy whistled melody for a bit of texture as things crackle to a close.”
Pre-orders of the vinyl and cassette are up now too, go to our Bandcamp store.
We released a lot of music in 2020, but we listened to a lot of music as well! Being stuck at home 24/7, you know how it goes… Anyway, these albums could be great discoveries or recommendations for all you Tiny Room Records aficionados. And if you like this Best Indie Albums of 2020 Year-End List, you might want to check out the beautiful records we put out this year (see the bottom of this post, with links to Bandcamp for your convenience).
Have a good holiday! Stay safe, don’t die, don’t kill. <3
1. Adrianne Lenker – Songs and Instrumentals 2. Guided By Voices – Mirrored Aztec 3. Modern Nature – Annual 4. Thelonious Monster – Oh That Monster 5. The Microphones – Microphones in 2020 6. Karl Blau – Children Of All Ages 7. Microwolf – My Cauliflower Ears 8. Mike Wexler – Mike Wexler with Synthetic Love Dream 9. Yves Jarvis – Sundry Rock Song Stock 10. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher 11. Lomelda – Hannah 12. Guided By Voices – Surrender Your Poppy Field 13. Landowner – Consultant 14. Horse Lords – The Common Task 15. The Johns – Forge 16. Avery Plains – soOn 17. Lake – Roundelay 18. Elvis Depressedly – Depressedelica 19. Laura Veirs – My Echo 20. Sore Eros – Sore Eros
The records released on Tiny Room Records this year
We never add our own releases to our year-end lists, because they would replace the top 6 in the Best Indie Albums of 2020 Year-End List. It’s another league 😉 This list was compiled by label owner Stefan Breuer, who is also a musician on some of the releases. He has a big ego, but not big enough to put himself above Adrianne Lenker and Guided By Voices. However, give these albums a listen, you indie fans!
2020 was a weird year. We feel lucky that we still exist. We have always been driven solely by the motivation of sharing experiences and music, rather than involving money in the label. This year, we were happy to have made that choice when we started the label. Although the experiences (hosting and booking shows, getting togethers with friends and scene members, meeting new people) were put on hold, we were still able to put out new music like before. But we feel very bad for all those people that lost their jobs, lost their ability to do what they do good, venues closing, people getting depressed. Losing money is one thing, and losing the experience of sharing live music on top of that is just plain awful.
In this post, we’d like to focus on the six releases we put out this year. Quite a few of them would have sold better if they were promoted with tours. So if you want to support these musicians to earn back their pressing costs, head on over to our Bandcamp page and spend whatever money you can spare. All proceeds will go to the artists, as always. Here you go: https://tinyroomrecords.bandcamp.com/merch
Journalists and influencers, these are all records you can put in your year-end lists. It would help us spread the word!
Microplaza – We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together Great 2nd installment of the project by Arno (music) and Benjamin (words). Dark, intense, flawless indie miniatures. Sold out 7″, sorry kids.
Combo Qazam – Flight Music Debut album by Utrecht veterans where guitars and rhythms blend together into an exciting mix of post-punk, math, noise, kraut and 90s indie rock.
Karl Blau & The World of Dust – Blue Herons Split 7″ with local lo-fi goodness. Very special to have Karl Blau in the roster this way. Beautiful release.
Sleepies – Time v Pleasure This was one of our favorite releases when it came out (digitally), so we decided to honor it with a physical cassette release. The best NY post-punk you’ll hear this year.
LOGOUT – ΕΔΩ/ΕΚΕΙ Greek psych masterpiece. Melancholy like Sigur Rós, but way more intimate. This is a must-have.
Moonchy & Tobias – Moonchy & Tobias III Third record by Todd Tobias & Pat Moonchy, very dark, and way out there. It’s like a nightmare seen through MDMA eyes. Love it.
Today we release Moonchy & Tobias III into the world, the sublime third collaborative album of vocalist Pat Moonchy (Sothiac) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Todd Tobias (GBV, Robert Pollard) under the Moonchy & Tobias banner.
The album is available now on CD and in digital formats via Bandcamp, streaming via Spotify and is available to download or stream at most online stores.
“Musically you have references such as Mi And L’Au, The Caretaker, Cranes, Dead Can Dance and Portishead , although they never quite cover what this pair brings here. In conclusion, you can safely say that you are certainly not dealing with an average combo. What a great, versatile and mesmerizing album!” – De Subjectivisten
Happy release day to ΕΔΩ/EKEI, the new ‘retrofutural masterpiece’ by Greek artist LOGOUT. According to the press, this ‘lovely pop record’ is ‘one of the best psych-pop albums ever released by a Greek artist’. Being sung entirely in his native language Greek, this serves as a gateway to the country’s thriving underground scene.
The album has one foot in the Netherlands and the other one in the country where LOGOUT was born, and it’s a special listen. Dreamy, layered, lo-fi, psychedelic and as always with great melodies and a melancholy vibe throughout. Definitely one of the best albums we heard this year, so we are thrilled to put it out on our label.
ΕΔΩ/EKEI is out today on LP and digital via Tiny Room Records in The Netherlands and B-otherSide Records in Greece. Get your copy in our Bandcamp store:
The beginning of 2020 saw the digital release of an album that got us excited about rock music again. Time v Pleasure by Sleepies was preceded by the first single Roman Road, which pushed all the right buttons. Drum machines, piercing guitars, and a vocal effect that brings late era Wire to mind. We listened to this track on repeat. At the time of the full album digital release in February, we were finishing up the debut album by Utrecht band Combo Qazam. Time v Pleasure almost felt like a sister album to that, leaning heavier on the post-punk side but with the same experimental, kraut-influenced indie rock throughout a diverse, entertaining ride. From the bouncy punk tune Ancient Dirt to the goth-induced ending track Eels Reversed – this album has got it all. We decided to honor this excitement with a first time physical release: Time v Pleasure is released on cassette (limited edition of 25 copies, with an exclusive bonus track) on September 29, 2020 by Tiny Room Records. Sleepies will get you excited about rock again too.
We proudly present the new single by Amsterdam-based Athenian songwriter and producer LOGOUT! Παράθυρα is the first taste of the forthcoming album ΕΔΩ/ΕΚΕΙ, to be released on October 16, 2020.
ΕΔΩ/ΕΚΕΙ is completely written in LOGOUT’s native language, Greek. Παράθυρα (Windows) promises a more nostalgic, acoustic approach, without losing LOGOUT’s ability to write catchy folk melodies and experiment with sound. The 12″ LP will be released on October 16 by Tiny Room Records in collaboration with B-otherSide Records.
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: