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Starring Someone Like You [Bonus Tracks]
     

Starring Someone Like You [Bonus Tracks]

by The Tiny
 
There isn't a genre or pat phrase that's fit to describe Sweden's the Tiny. Chamber pop might be right, if only because there's a cello involved. Cabaret might be closer, if only because Starring Someone Like You feels like the kind of music that would be played in a dimly lit piano bar. You certainly can't call it twee, though it can

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There isn't a genre or pat phrase that's fit to describe Sweden's the Tiny. Chamber pop might be right, if only because there's a cello involved. Cabaret might be closer, if only because Starring Someone Like You feels like the kind of music that would be played in a dimly lit piano bar. You certainly can't call it twee, though it can sound cute at times, and you'd probably want to shy away from calling it indie pop for that matter. You could really stretch and try calling it operatic post-rock, but that would just be annoying. Anyway, the point here is that the Tiny's music defies description in the best way possible, and the group's second album is a wonderfully dark elaboration on 2005's Close Enough. Where the first release came across as a detailed pencil sketch, Starring is a full-blown oil portrait, full of whorls, shadows, and odd angles. Much like the previous album, Starring delves into song material that under any other circumstances would be considered humdrum: love, personal demons, and mom. But don't let the quotidian themes fool you -- this is an epic album, sweeping and theatrical one moment, spare and aching the next. Ellekari Larsson is in top form here, and her deceptively fragile voice is served well by the lushness of this new work. Less a lead singer and more a primal force of nature, she sounds something like Björk sans the biting pixie attitude or Joanna Newsom sans the little girl rasp. The singles, "Dirty Frames" and "They Say It's Weird," are intricately pieced-together worlds; they're rich with cellos and musical saws (courtesy of Larsson's partner in crime, Leo Svensson), shot through with Casio keyboard whooshes, and sprinkled with wind chimes and Stylophone blips. Other songs echo the sparseness and melancholia of the first album, especially on the heartbreaking cover of Gillian Welch's "Everything Is Free." Starring is ambitious, strange, and (especially given how quickly it came out after the first album) really well done. It could even be called brilliant, if only because it has a certain glimmering quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
Label:
Eyeball
UPC:
0637872005521
catalogNumber:
20055

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Performance Credits

Tiny   Primary Artist
Johan Ahlin   French Horn
Sven Larsson   Bass Trombone
Lina Nyberg   Background Vocals
Per "Texas" Johansson   Clarinet
Mikael Marin   Viola
Kjell Nordeson   Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Vibes
Goran Kajfes   Trumpet
Ed Harcourt   Vocals
Johan Berthling   Organ,Synthesizer,Turntables,Double Bass,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Leo Svensson   Cello,Vocals,Background Vocals,Saw,Pump Organ,Wind Chimes,Group Member
Jari Haapalainen   Cymbals,Drums,Timpani
Ellekari Larsson   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer,Stylophone,Tack Piano,Toy Piano,Group Member
Ane Brun   Background Vocals
Anja Bigrell   Background Vocals
Pelle Gunnerieldt   Horn Engineer
Emanuel Johansson   Bassoon
George Kentros   Violin
Lisa Rydberg   Violin

Technical Credits

Gillian Welch   Composer
David Rawlings   Composer
Janne Hansson   Engineer
Johan Berthling   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Leo Svensson   Composer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jari Haapalainen   Producer
Kathleen Lolley   Artwork
Ellekari Larsson   Composer
David Giese   Video Director
Ellen Kugelberg   Camera Operator
Christoffer Lundavist   Engineer
Jessica Ranevall   Make-Up Assistant
Magnus Renford   Video Director
Rebecka Rissanen   Costume Design

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