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Tiny Ruins & Hamish Kilgour: Hurtling Through - review

Dec 28, 2015 Music

MT0116_album-reviews-(3)With her second album as Tiny Ruins, Brightly Painted One, Hollie Fullbrook made one of the most perfectly realised albums of 2014. Everything about it, from the close-up recording of her voice to the precise intonation and the warm, sympathetic, high-fidelity instrumentation, was perfectly freeze-dried in the moment of creation.

What a shock, then, to hear this seven-track EP recorded with The Clean drummer Hamish Kilgour in New York. Spin it a few times and it’s easy to understand why Fullbrook found the project gratifying: in contrast to that album, her recordings here are spontaneous and informal, and the sense of freedom from not having to strive for perfection is palpable.

This is a Tiny Ruins recording through and through — they’re her songs, it’s her singing and guitar playing — but Kilgour works as an enabler, giving the songs a sense of fun with his battery of percussion objects, none of which he overplays.

Fullbrook is so enamoured of Kilgour’s spirit that “Public Menace” is simply a recording of the two of them walking through the streets, with the percussionist let loose with childlike abandon on any surface he can find on which to make a racket. What happens next could be interesting.


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