A Singer of Songs called Barcelona home and Tiny Ruins New Zealand. The two knew each other through their music, but had not met in person. They had only internet met, a strange new thing that all of us were discovering around the same time. What a strange world it was, to be able to be thousands of miles a part, yet still able to bond over moments captured in the quietest of bedrooms.
But a bond over bedroom recordings is a strong bond. And in 2010, Hollie ventured over to olde Europe and the two embarked on a small and noble tour of northern Spain (but not before dipping their toes in collaborating with each other on a track called 'Road To Nowhere'). One hospital visit, one birthday cake, several piggy-back rides, a couple of tequilas and thousands of wrong turns later, and they’d recorded six songs over seven days, in a small room of a charming old apartment in Barcelona.
Little Notes is more than just 6 hauntingly beautiful tracks; it is a testament to the important truth that there are amazing people in every corner of the world. Amazing people in search of other amazing people. Yes, the internet may house a lot of creeps and produce a lot of filth, but it also is the home to old souls like Lieven and Hollie. And magic that would have been impossible to create a decade ago (well, impossible for two humble musicians on the very beginning of their musical paths).
PDF Liner Notes
To order Little Notes on CD, you can do so through Bandcamp or through our friends at Underused Records (who co-released this EP). If you buy the album through Bandcamp, you will also receive an instant download of the album to hold you over until you receive your package in the post. If you downloaded Little Notes from somewhere other then Bandcamp, you will not automatically receive the PDF liner notes. You can view those liner notes above (which were put together by the handmade notes that Tiny Ruins put together and mailed me). And you can download those liner notes here.
What Others Are Saying:
FensePost: “It is haunting, light folk, both endearing and emotive.”
Slowcoustic: “I would definitely recommend the EP for a quiet time that you can dedicate to it – it may only come in at 27 minutes, but you shouldn’t miss any of it.”
Ondarock: “Il profumo dell'estate, un appartamento a Barcellona, un paio di bicchieri di tequila e sei canzoni sbocciate come piccole note di un'amicizia cullata dalla lontananza.”
Vue Weekly: “Guided by a calculated minimalism underneath quiet engulfing voices, a Singer of Songs' liquid baritone cuddles the haunting velour of Tiny Ruins femme fatale vocals for a solid six songs.”
Eardrums: “It’s one of those pieces of music that can make you cry just by listening to it. Amazingly beautiful!”
Folk Radio UK: “Well suited to the cold, dark nights of the winter months this is a slow burner, perhaps a background listen at first but like the vocals that unravel and wrap around you tugging on your thoughts; it’s one that will refuse to let go until properly digested.”
Sub-Rock Music: Placed in the number 4 spot for their Top Ten EPs of
Watch Me For The Changes: “Flawlessly conveys sentimental resentment and the desire to recall the most imperfect moments”
Is This Music?: “The album is stunning at times, especially in its ability to create beautiful acoustic soundscapes, accentuated by whimsical lyrics and dreamy vocals – a package that’s quite rare to find in artists these days.”