Swedish-Australian indie-pop outfit Tiny Fighter presents their new single ‘Rewind,’ the first taster and the title track of their new album of the same name, slated for release in the first week of December. Filmmaker Christian Rutegård and Therese Karlsson created a relaxed grounding video for this track. Formed in 2017, Tiny Fighter grew from a collaboration between Therese Karlsson (a truck driver from Kalmar in the deep south of Sweden) and Tim Spelman (a doctor from the deep south of Australia) into a full band with members from all over the globe (Poland, Israel, UK, Australia, Sweden). They have released a string of singles and EPs, a live album, a remix collection and the full-length debut album ‘Going Home.’
After racking up 1 million views on YouTube, over 700,000 Spotify streams and successful tours through the US, Canada and Europe, Tiny Fighter were on the brink of a small but significant slice of world domination. Then came COVID, effectively putting the brakes on the whole machine. Faced with an extended period of no touring, a fan campaign led by a collection of locked-down Tiny Fighter supporters began to follow up the band’s celebrated ‘Loft Sessions (Live in New York)’ album. The problem –there was no live music, much less any touring. The solution –record an entirely new record combining brand new songs with re-interpretations of some of their fan-favourites. Thus, the ‘Rewind‘ album was born.
Different times call for other methods. The ‘Rewind‘ recording sessions saw the band bring in a whole sack full of new instruments, including mandolins, dobro, trumpets, flugelhorns, pedal steel and drum machines. In their most Scandinavian moment to date, Tiny Fighter recorded vocals in the studio sauna (arguably because of the excellent sound-proofing and bonus warmth. Tim Spelman comments, “This record represents somewhat of a departure from our previous pop-rock-based releases, with a heavier reliance on acoustic instruments and bringing in new layers including brass, mandolins, pedal steel and drum machines. The pop is still there, but it’s more intimate and stripped back –that’s why we recorded the vocals in our sauna”. This long player again sees Tiny Fighter team up Swedish metal legend and multi-Grammy award-winning producer Thomas “Plec” Johansson. Tiny Fighter recorded Rewind at The Panic Room Studio in Skövde and Stockholm, Sweden.” Our new album is a more acoustic take on our songs that already exist, except for one cover and a Swedish version of one of our songs. It has been fun looking into our own rearview mirror and now bringing some of our songs to light once more with an acoustic touch. So for this album, we are rewinding time, and, at the same time, we look forward to seeing what lies ahead of us,” says Therese Karlsson.” Usually, I receive the music from Tim, so first, I get particular feelings from the music, and that feeling turns into words and, in the end, it becomes a story. The lyrics are inspired by other people, their life stories or my own inner feelings or observations about society. This ‘Rewind‘ album sees a mix of all of that.”
On December 3, the ‘Rewind‘ album will be available via Bay Terrace Records and everywhere, including Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp, available for pre-order.
Norman, a WeatheredMusic co-founder, adds, “This album piqued my interest due to the unlikely pairing of a Swedish truck driver and an Australian doctor. Somehow or another, magic happens, and they have created a splendid album. Therese Karlsson has a mesmerizing voice, and the music envelopes that voice and brings life to the lyrics. Rewind is good music, all day, any day, and it is just plain good listening.
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