New Release: Tiny Ruins – The Crab / Waterbaby

Photo Credit: Si Moore

New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins has released a new single, ‘The Crab / Waterbaby’. This is the band’s first musical offering since 2019’s album, Olympic Girls.

The songs of Tiny Ruins often gift a rich visual and emotive narrative. ’The Crab / Waterbaby’ is drawn from a time-honoured walk around the coves of Little Muddy Creek aside the Mānukau Harbour. A Crab is found upturned, showing its soft belly. The songwriter sees in the Crab an experience of suffering – it’s as though everyone can see right through you, into your very innards – ‘you cannot help but speak about it’. A song about the transcendent comfort of ritual and ceremony that ‘returns you the right way’, to ‘give this day a chance’.

Shimmering electric firebird guitar and minimalist verse arrangements give way to striking Philip Glass-esque strings & a bass solo resembling a scuttling crab that fluidly connects the song’s lyrical narrative.

Traversing influences that cross genre and era, the artistry of Hollie Fullbrook and her band spans delicate folk, lustrous dream pop and ebullient psychedelia. Founded in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output, the group has included Cass Basil on bass, Alex Freer on drums and Tom Healy on electric guitar since 2013.

Tiny Ruins have played stages in solo and varied group formations across countless cities and states with Sharon van Etten, Aldous Harding, Calexico, the Handsome Family and more. Fullbrook has collaborated with both Robert Scott and Hamish Kilgour of seminal Flying Nun band The Clean; on song ‘Dream Wave’ with filmmaker David Lynch, and on a recent project with novelist David Mitchell.