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Tiny Ruins Album Release Tour

Tiny Ruins Album Release Tour

Monday 9th May, 2011 1:27PM

Tiny Ruins aka Hollie Fullbrook has been quietly going about her business for a few years now, building a reputation for heartbreakingly beautiful live shows. This year she is set to release her debut album Some Were Meant For Sea on Australian label SPUNK, available here from May 30th.

To celebrate the release Tiny Ruins will be heading out on tour, playing four dates across the country which we HIGHLY recommend you head along to - have a listen to her recent live to air on 95bFM if you need convincing or just want to listen to something breathtaking.

Friday 17th June, The Wine Cellar - Auckland
Wednesday 22nd June, The Mighty Mighty - Wellington
Saturday 25th June, Chicks Hotel - Dunedin/Port Chalmers
Sunday 26th June, Wunderbar - Christchurch/Lyttelton

Press Release:



Released Monday May 30 on Spunk Records via EMI distribution

Spunk Records is proud to present Some Were Meant For Sea, the debut album from Tiny Ruins. Its songs, composed & performed by Hollie Fullbrook, follow a year spent collaborating & performing internationally in which the young artist’s worldly voice & stories would connect with audiences as distant as Northern Spain & with artists including Joanna Newsom, Beach House & Holly Throsby.

Both vocally & instrumentally, Some Were Meant For Sea exists in dappled warmness: Fullbrook’s striking timbre recalling a smooth Jolie Holland & conjuring a similar natural imagery born from earth & sea. Bound by their delicate nature, her songs lay within a space & time all their own: ‘Little Notes’ a lover’s airborne ode, the impressionistic, wanting ‘Priest With Balloons’ & the beguiling ‘Running Through The Night’.

Recorded in a diminutive hall, once the local school of South Gippsland’s Morraya, Australia, Fullbrook would work with producer J Walker (Holly Throsby, CW Stoneking, Machine Translations), and between the pair, some cello (bowed and also de-tuned & plucked as a double bass), violin, percussion, piano & accordion were added to the otherwise bare-boned songs, which were all recorded entirely live, with guitar and vocals laid simultaneously.

It is a mannered album, one whose traditional arrangements & classic key are gently commanding & reminiscent of folk’s greatest storytellers: Carole King, The Unthanks & Richard Thompson. She writes with humour and fantasy of cats in hallways, journeys taking flight on moonlight, priests who float into the sky on strings of balloons. Fullbrook was born one of three in Bristol, England, where she lived until she was ten years old. Attending the Bristol Waldorf school, she would learn the cello from a young age before moving to New Zealand; her family settling in the Waitakere Ranges of West Auckland. At 11, her visiting Grandad encouraged her to pick up her Mother's big old acoustic guitar. She wrote songs from age 14 on.

Over the past year, Tiny Ruins has performed internationally as special guest to Beach House, Ólöf Arnalds, Grand Salvo, Joanna Newsom, Holly Throsby, Alasdair Roberts, & The Middle East. The album’s New Zealand debut will be followed by a string of album release shows before the album’s Australian release date of Friday July 1. Tiny Ruins is set to return to Australia for several soon to be announced headline & guest performances in July.

Tiny Ruins New Zealand Album Release Tour- June 2011

Auckland - Friday, June 17th at The Wine Cellar
Wellington - Wednesday, June 22nd at The Mighty Mighty
Dunedin/Port Chalmers - Saturday, June 25th at Chicks Hotel
Christchurch/Lyttelton - Sunday, June 26th at Wunderbar

Australia Tour - July 2011
Dates to be announced soon.

Some Were Meant For Sea
1 Old As The Hills
2 Priest With Balloons
3 You’ve Got The Kind Of Nerve I Like
4 Death of A Russian
5 Adelphi Apartments
6 Little Notes
7 Cat In The Hallway
8 Running Through The Night
9 Just Desserts
10 Pigeon Knows
11 Bird In The Thyme


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