A super single, available on the great Tiny Room label (literally a tiny room in the middle of nowhere in the Netherlands); and yet further proof that they are a label that continually surprises.
For those that don’t know, Tiny Room recently put out a cracking single release with Bonnie Prince Billy, and this, Blue Herons, is a continuation of a trend that has seen collaborations with the likes of GBV’s Todd Tobias. This is a 7 inch split between Dutch experimental folk project The World of Dust – aka Stefan Breuer – and Anacortes based musician Karl Blau (also known for his work with Laura Veirs, Earth, The Microphones). Both Blau and Breuer chipped in with songs about the places they’ve lived in.
This double A Side is a great thing: ‘Slightly Salted’ (originally written by Bryan Elliott and recorded by his band Pounding Serfs in 1989) sometimes sounds like a Robert Wyatt track… ok I may have to renege on that, but let’s say it’s the sort of reflective psychedelic folk ballad I can imagine Wyatt doing. The fuzz guitar turns up like a drunk at a party too, most welcome!
The flip side, ‘The Life of Gods’, is also a bit of a melancholic plodder with a lovely chord drop that sounds very reminiscent of a Bob Pollard tune. It’s a heartwarming listen and opens out towards the end with slabs of treated guitar.
People can preorder the limited edition of 200 on the Bandcamp page.
By contrast Tiny Room have just released a great sprawling and very itchy rock record from Combo Qazam – something that sounds nothing like the times we are living in and all the more intriguing for that.