News: New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins announce new album ‘Ceremony’ and unveil luscious atmospheric single ‘Dorothy Bay’.

Feature Photograph: Frances Carter

New Zealand band Tiny Ruins have just announced news of their new album entitled ‘Ceremony’ due for release on 28 April 2023 through the inestimable Milk! Records. And to whet our voracious appetites, a new single has been unveiled. ‘Dorothy Bay’ is a reflective, dynamic track: an ambulant motion of instruments underpin the soft velvet vocals from Holly Fulbrook which soar across the surface with a delicate frisson. An air of melancholia pervades throughout, seemingly absorbing the dramatic natural scenery that seeps through the lyrics:

you pull me through the blue, dorothy bay
skipping, tripping heels along the pavement
sea so different every morning
what do the constellations have to say?

you carry on
the tide is a radar
breathing on
like it or not
picks you up with her signal
just as before
there’s a strong pull harbour-way
there’s a strong pull harbour-way

The track captures the motions and emotions of the sea and coast: dramatic, beautiful, powerful and yet with a treacherous undercurrent. There is an elegiac feel to the pace and intensity of the music.

The accompanying video sees the band performing in suitably dramatic scenery, windswept and stunning vistas that seemingly pulsates to the beat of the song. Directed by Alexander Gandar, the video is filmed on the southern headland of the Tāmaki Makaurau’s (aka Auckland’s) Harbour:

This is a moving and ethereal track. ‘Dorothy Bay’ is available here and the album is available to pre-order here and though the link below.

Tiny Ruins’ long-term band line-up consists of Fulbrook, Cass Basil (bass), Alex Freer (drums), and Tom Healy (electric guitar, producer).

Feature Photograph: Frances Carter

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