Tiny Eyes – Tiny Eyes
Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys has a listen to the heartfelt and gorgeously sparse piano led debut from Tiny Eyes
Hailing from Leicester, Tiny Eyes is singer songwriter Joel Evans. Having been the front man of a rock band for a few years, Evans started to feel disconnected from the angst-ridden world of thrashing guitars and his band drifted apart. Around that time that he acquired an upright piano from the 1920’s and taking to the instrument like a duck to water, he quickly found a new musical voice that harmonised with his maturing post rock tastes! Thus, Tiny Eyes was born and this eponymous EP is his debut release.
Opener, Falling brings with it the sparse piano and vocals high in the mix. It is gorgeously sung by Evans and has some devastating chord changes and structures. Complete with a dramatic pregnant pause, the vulnerable and sometimes strained vocals remind me of The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser
The eponymous track is again a minimalist and sparse structure that frames Evan’s voice and vocals perfectly. Beautiful chord structures once again and the added “ooos” and “ahhs” and subtle instrumentation create layers and dimension to Tiny Eyes’ beauty.
Golden Thread has more gorgeous melodies that are wonderfully sung. You can hear Evan’s voice cracking in this one which again shows his vulnerability. And this is definitely illustrated with the inspired lyric “staring at a window, chewing on a pen”. Sixes shows that he is definitely at one with his piano as they seem to meld together. Extra effects and added echo on the vocals and piano make for quite an eerie effect that suits the tone of the song perfectly.
Final track Fifteen feet of snow has a lovely chord progression that drifts together with the minimal percussion that gives the whole feel of Thom Yorke’s solo work. Harmonies join in and suddenly the track takes on a real Flaming Lips feels with Evan’s voice sounding like Wayne Coyne at his most vulnerable. The whole EP is just a majestic triumph and feels like we haven’t heard half of what Joel Evans, aka Tiny Eyes, is capable of. It’s definitely music to make love to…seriously! It’s great stuff.