Review: Olympic Girls by Tiny Ruins

Olympic Girls by Tiny RuinsTiny Ruins is Hollie Fullbrook, or, as time passed by, her and a few friends, but across her albums there remains one constant: her songs are affecting and beautifully crafted. Olympic Girls sees the New Zealand band move to a new label, thankfully without much change to their sound – but nonetheless it sees them in some sort of crossroads, integrating a few more elements while still keeping a sense of drama, a tinge of suspense, the listener not knowing where the songs will go. But, really, it can only go inward: Olympic Girls feels more essential, at least in understanding what Hollie is thinking, with songs informed by tragedy and upheaval, but not outwardly so. These songs, however, shimmer, but in a grounded manner, one that both is a bit certain of what lies ahead, and apprehensive of whether it really is what lies ahead. (“Holograms” is a definite spotlight, an ode of sorts to online alienation and memory.) Tiny Ruins is firing in all cylinders on this album. [NB]4/5


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