The Tiny Lies. Alt-Folk. Folk-Noir. Shades of a Hitchcock villain when the man wears his hat; a woman in vintage blue. They’ve got that Lyttelton sound, but they don’t live there. He plays the acoustic with nimble fingers and rocks the neck like a baby. They say he used to front an alt-punk band in baggy jeans. He’s got a little twang to his voice, rounded out with a kiwi accent. Her harmonica playing is a little Dylan-esque- rasping and rough. So too her voice. Cut her teeth singing the blues in a sticky bar. You can still hear those late nights in her throat.
So what’s the music like? Their live performances with their simple set-up of acoustic guitar and harmonica, and harmony-rich vocals, deliver that trademark folk ‘stripped back’ appeal. Whilst their recorded work to date is a rich tapestry of violin, lap-steel, banjo, accordian, simple drums and bass, and those special ingredients that will grow from a creaking door, or a spring rain-storm hammering the roof. Always with solid guitar-work and those characteristic vocals at the forefront.
Their EP ‘Trials’, released in 2011, was met with positive reviews, supported by the release of a noir-styled music video for ‘I am a Ghost’. This year, The Tiny Lies have laid down ‘Bag of Bones’, which will be released under another video. Joining Lyttelton Records in 2013, The Tiny Lies will then launch into a full album, followed by a full-band tour.
REVIEWS of TRIALS “It is art embraced with both hands.” Vicki Anderson – The Press Album of the Week 30/9/11
"Together they have created a poignant blend of folk and country on this debut EP. Each track is charmingly world-weary, combining haunting, gentle harmonies and smidgens of harmonica with lyrics of love and loss." Amy Maclaine - NZ Musician Magazine
"Somewhere in these gentle alt-country tunes lies all the weariness and despair of tribulation, but also the warmth and affirmation of friendship and collegiality." Jeff Harford - Otago Daily Times