Tiny Ruins is the work of Hollie Fullbrook, who was raised in New Zealand, but was born in Bristol. She has just released her debut album, which is entitled ‘Some were made for the Sea’ which is one of the best album titles I have ever heard, especially as a quote from an E.E. Cummings poem which has always stayed with me is “for whatever we lose (like a you or a me) / it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”. I have always found a beauty and peace of mind about being near the sea (despite getting terrible boat sickness!).
The record, encompasses the beauty of rural New Zealand landscapes, the gentle swaying of sea shanties and a voice so fresh and pure it almost puts you to sleep. The feeling of this album is not dissimilar to that of the self-titled Blue Roses debut, which is still one of my favourite albums of the last 5 years. The music however is quite different to that of Blue Roses. Finger picking guitar, simple melodies and sparse arrangements. But ultimately really quite gorgeous.
Tiny Ruins is playing the Shhh Festival at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green this weekend along with a whole host of great and unusual bands. She is also playing The Green Note in Camden tonight before embarking on a UK tour.