Enter the psychedelic lo-fi pop world of DIY singer/producer Tiny Eyes with his ‘Tiny Eyes’ video release – EP Out now

Tiny Eyes’ self-titled EP is his first major solo outing and it’s a resoundingly consistent and accomplished effort. Fitting nicely into the space that Tobias Jesso Jr re-opened for candid retro piano pop, Tiny Eyes is a heavy-lidded reverie through the mind of its maker. Heartfelt melodies entwine languorously with artful rhymes and psychedelic production to make a dream tapestry that’s on the one hand maximal and immersive, and on the other considered and spacious. Fuelled by a literary eye for juxtaposition and imagism, the stories on this EP move through tales of the morning after the night before (‘Fifteen Feet Of Snow’) to creativity itself (‘Golden Thread) via meditations on love and selfhood (‘Falling’ and ‘Tiny Eyes’). For a first effort Tiny Eyes is the sound of an artist already arriving fully-formed and with a clear and unified vision of the creative road ahead.

So many of my favourite artists – from The Flaming Lips to The Beatles – seem to have this understated, casual way with lyrics. They aren’t constantly trying to hit you with the emotional sledgehammer. I wanted to carry on that more subtle approach to songwriting.

Bearing the brunt of flippant banter from friends about his (supposedly) tiny eyes and shaky hands for years, Tiny Eyes turns their taunts into a form of ascension on this two minute song that predates the naming of this project. Ostensibly about love, he proves himself a master of buildup, and employs various home-baked DIY recording methods, (as he does throughout the whole EP), for percussive effect – the sound of keys being dropped on a table, and a recording of himself banging on the gas meter cupboard in place of a kick drum – to make for the record’s most ‘punk’ moment.

Watch Video ‘Tiny Eyes’ via Youtube HERE

After cutting his teeth as the frontman of an angst-rock band for a few years, Tiny Eyes auteur Joel Evans met his partner (singer/songwriter Martha Bean) and found himself mellowing out. Feeling disconnected from the angst-ridden world of thrashing guitars his band drifted apart. It was around that time that he’d acquired an upright piano from the 1920’s. Taking to the instrument like a bird to flight, he quickly found a new musical voice and tonality that harmonised with his maturing tastes. Tiny Eyes is a one-man band from Leicester, a singer and producer who’s reared himself on the understated elegance of lovelorn balladeers from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By turns evoking Lennon, Tom Waits, Elliot Smith, Flaming Lips and Tobias Jesso Jr, Tiny Eyes is a brilliant and unique new sound. He is a narrative songwriter in the classic sense, employing clever turns of phrase and vivid imagery to weave imaginatively fertile and provocative yarns into his music.

Tracklisting for ‘Tiny Eyes’ EP

1. Falling

2. Tiny Eyes

3. Golden Thread

4. Sixes

5. Fifteen Feet of Snow

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