Self-Released February 14, 2017
Brother Bee is a fairly recent project of Somerset’s Boone Williams, who you may know better from his work in electronic duo, Tiny Tiny. “Rely” is a step in a slightly different direction than the tracks on Tiny Tiny – there’s a familiar calmness in the air on this track, even more so than on other releases from Williams. The drum machines are dialed way back, making room for a pulsing synth bass, guitar, and vocal samples to make up the arrangement. Boone’s opening lyrics, “all the lines I never said, I saved them up to give to you,” express the feeling of finally finding the right one; at the midpoint of the song, “it’s my heart that you hold whenever I’m in your arms,” he reveals the vulnerability of being with someone else. All this leads to the simple, repeatable chorus, “so please rely on me,” where the song reaches its densest point of arrangement – layered vocals, echoing synthesizers, circular guitar patterns, all set upon a simple drumbeat. Much like other recent releases from Boone Williams, this track is clear, thick, and well-produced – those who have heard and enjoyed Tiny Tiny should like these sounds.
Ben Southworth – February 12, 2017 – Kenwick Place
Calm Electronic Indie
Self-Released January 11th, 2016
I first heard Tiny Tiny back in 2012 after Somerset’s Boone Williams released Leave Me With Today. That album was quiet and had a very DIY sound to it – much as if it had been recorded in Williams’ bedroom. Somewhere over the course of the last three or four years, Tiny Tiny has expanded to include the talents of a DJ // producer: Nick Coleman of Melbourne, Australia. Perhaps due to this, the overall aesthetic of Tiny Tiny’s music changed drastically from what I last heard (2013’s release, Gravity Works Her Magic, was aurally similar to Leave Me With Today), and the style has become quite different, too. Not only is the production on Tiny Tiny much more polished and clear, it’s much more in the vein of downtempo house music than the light indie that preceded it. What hasn’t changed is Williams’ singing, as well as the overall laid-back, calm feeling of the music – it might have electronic beats and synths, but they’re tastefully subdued. The EP is quite short – only three songs – but each of the three songs shows a slightly different sound from the others. My favorite of the three, “Movies,” starts slowly and quietly, but ends up having the most momentum of the group by the time it’s run its course. It’s always interesting to see an artist’s sound evolve over the course of time, and Tiny Tiny has certainly taken a confident step in a new direction with Tiny Tiny.
Tracks I Liked: Curve of the Earth, Drive!, Movies!!
Ben Southworth – January 17th, 2016 – Kenwick Place
Self Released February 16, 2013
Genre: Lo-Fi Indie
I don’t know much about Boone Williams, but I can tell you that he’s from Somerset, KY and that he has put out four albums in the last nine months. This latest album, “Gravity Works Her Magic,” is a lot like the rest of what he’s done – lo-fi, sedate, distant-sounding, indie music. For fans of Modest Mouse’s earlier stuff, it’s got a very similar sound, both vocally and in atmosphere. Boone rolls from one song to the next, playing all the instruments himself – guitar, bass, drums, and multiple vocals. There’s something to be said about prolificy in song writing though – while many would exhaust their ideas by releasing over forty songs in a year, Tiny Tiny has gotten better. His lyrics are stronger, his instrumental chops have improved, and whatever recording process he uses sounds better on every album. He’s got a knack for creating a very specific atmosphere, and he does it best on this latest release.
Tracks I Liked: Take the Time!!, Coyote!!, 1952!, Earthly Delights!, Accidentism!! (the same as track 3, with a smoother intro,) Highwire!
– Ben Southworth