Tiny Little Houses: Snow Globe

- If unashamedly heartfelt indie tunes is what you’re fixing for, then allow the new album from Melbourne lo-fi outfit Tiny Little Houses sort you out just for now. Snow Globe is a short album of six tracks more common now that social media and sites like bandcamp have streamlined the release of albums to a generation with an attention span of approximately fifteen minutes. Comprised of five original songs written by soulful frontman Caleb Karvountzis and one very interesting cover of another Australian artist, Snow Globe is not really the kind of album this reviewer often takes on. However, in moments of weakness have not many people occasionally turned to Weezer’s Pinkerton or Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea? These albums are red flags. Both works can be heard between the lines within the self-pity, soul-searching, vulnerability and high sentimentality of Tiny Little Houses’ brand of twee indie-pop. There aren’t any love songs on this record, I Hate That You’re Happy is deadset toxic jealousy, Lonely People asks ‘Is love shit?’ to a resounding yes, and Karvountzis’s choice of Kasey Chambers' classic Not Pretty Enough is certainly a highlight and then some. These are sad songs here kids, don’t pick this album up and expect it to return the favour. Not my style to listen to this kind of thing, but at least a few of these might end up on a mixtape. Not for me. Bill Callahan is my go-to for this kind of thing. No, slip a few of these tracks into a real cheesy playlist and give it to someone you care for.

- Matt Rathaus.

Album Details

Album Title: Snow Globe
Artist: Tiny Little Houses
Record Label: (Ivy League / Mushroom)