Hollie Fullbrook expands her project to a full band and her sound to a louder take on her precious folky stylings
Tiny Ruins started as a solo project for New Zealander Hollie Fullbrook. For this second album it’s now a proper band, with bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer augmenting a quiet, precious sound. ‘Brightly Painted One’ has the dynamics of folk – Holbrook’s wavery trill falls somewhere between Laura Marling and Sandy Denny; acoustic guitar is plucked and picked – but stately horns and Rhodes piano shape a kind of country-soul. Over endlessly sweet melodies, Holbrook tells stories of mannered love affairs where “we’ll lie on the lawn” (‘Me At The Museum You In The Wintergardens’) or she’ll be “dreaming of when our next run-in will be” (‘Ballad Of The Hanging Parcel’), and it all has an affecting, intimate power.