TINY RU­INS Brightly Painted One Bella Union

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JOE BREEN

There are al­bums that swag­ger into your life, full of brio and self-con­fi­dence, sport­ing ei­ther a big smile or a wounded look that says no one has ever had it this bad. Brightly Painted One isn’t in this cat­e­gory. This de­ter­minedly mi­nor al­bum prefers to gen­tly coax lis­ten­ers into its world of gos­samer beauty. Tiny Ru­ins was orig­i­nally New Zealand singer­song­writer Hollie Full­brook, but the band now in­cludes drum­mer Alexan­der Freer and bassist Cass Basil. This, their sec­ond al­bum, is so un­der­stated you al­most ex­pect it to apol­o­gise for dis­turb­ing the peace. Full­brook’s voice is light sand­pa­per oth­er­worldly – a per­fect ve­hi­cle for these haunt­ing folk­ish melodies and lyri­cal frag­ments. At times she is redo­lent of Jolie Hol­land, par­tic­u­larly on the blue­sier tunes, but al­ways she is mys­te­ri­ous, in­trigu­ing, evoca­tive. Catch her in Dublin next month. tiny ru­ins.com

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