Tiny Ruins

Olympic Girls

Ba Da Bing

Feb 13, 2019 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


A wistful and autumnal, stark yet rich acoustic folk album, Olympic Girls is the first internationally released LP (and third album overall) for Auckland, New Zealand singer/songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, who records under the name Tiny Ruins. Having teamed with David Lynch back in 2016 on the single "Dream Wave," there's a more straightforward sense to the material showcased here, centered around Fullbrook's Nick Drake-like vocal and songwriting talents supported occasionally and sparingly by bassist Cass Basil, drummer Alex Freer, and Tom Healy on guitar.

Standouts include the propulsive, evocative "Sparklers," the pastoral, woozy "Kore Waits in the Underworld," and the crashing, doom-laden change of pace "One Million Flowers."

While there's a temptation to allow music that's as wispy as this slip between one's fingers there's much to latch on to here if given due attention including the shuffling rock 'n' roll of "Stars, False, Fading" and the slow-burning, Linda Thompson arpeggio ascents of the bold title track on which Fullbrook notes "We were only inches away/Still I've a long, long way to go"a neat assessment of a promising international debut. (www.tinyruins.com)

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