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Olympic Girls - Tiny Ruins - Top 40 Albums

New Zealand Artist: Tiny Ruins

Tiny Ruins are a band based in Auckland, New Zealand. Conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output, the group now includes Cass Basil, Alex Freer & Tom Healy. Traversing early influences of folk and blues, Tiny Ruins’ sound draws on ethereal and grungy soundscapes alike. Sometimes likened to Nick Drake, Mazzy Star or Nico, Fullbrook’s voice and guitar work evades cliché, making use of alternate tunings by way of her own self-styled fingerpicking. Lyrically one of a kind, stories are laced with a dark humour that is at times disarmingly confessional, at others, cryptic and philosophical.

Fullbrook was born in Bristol, England, before moving to New Zealand with her family at the age of ten and settling in West Auckland. She learnt the cello from a young age, picking the guitar up and writing songs in her early teenage years. Asked to support Alasdair Roberts in Sydney, May 2010, she was signed to Australian indie label Spunk Records on the strength of some demos. Tiny Ruins’ debut Some Were Meant For Sea was released in 2011 and saw critical praise for its minimalist approach & lyrical flair. Recorded by Fullbrook and producer Greg ‘J’ Walker (Machine Translations) in a small hall in South Gippsland, the album was voted 2011’s Album of the Year by BBC World Service arts & culture programme ‘World of Music’ and was a finalist for New Zealand’s Taite Prize in 2012. Tours of New Zealand, Australia & Europe followed, with Fullbrook performing solo, and later as a duo with Cass Basil on upright bass, supporting The Handsome Family throughout the UK.
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Olympic Girls debuted in the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums on 11 February 2019. It has been in the Top 40 Albums for one week with a highest position of #11. There are three albums by Tiny Ruins in the Top 40 Albums.

Chart placings for Olympic Girls:

Chart Date Chart Rank  
11 Feb 2019 Top 40 Albums 11

Chart placings by Tiny Ruins:

Title Type Debut Weeks Best
Brightly Painted One Top 40 Albums 12 May 2014 7 19
Olympic Girls Top 40 Albums 11 Feb 2019 1 11
Some Were Meant For Sea Top 40 Albums 06 Jun 2011 3 35
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