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Tiny Little Blackouts, formed in 2009, is 50% sound-based and 50% lyric-driven, with the best comparison based on Cocteau Twins meets Elliot Smith, with some Led Zepplin thrown in for good measure. Comprised of experienced San Francisco musicians, Tiny Little Blackouts makes sweet music. It's pretty, but not vacuous, slightly mournful, but not sad or dark. This is original, ethereal, atmospheric stuff, highly melodic and structured.
Cameron Ember (vox, extra gtr) spent 7 years in art school during which she fronted a number of bands. Michael Papenburg (lead guitar) has been playing guitar for almost a lifetime. Anthony Koutsos (drums) demanded that his parents buy him a drum kit when they asked him to play in the school band. He listened to a lot of Led Zepplin, among other things. Michael also listened to Led Zepplin, but branched out to other genres that included artists like Magazine and the Cocteau Twins. Greg Merriman (bass),lives in Mill Valley and is a high-end audio expert. He and Michael like talking about equipment. Cameron Ember writes words and music. Everybody writes their own parts, though occasionally the specific efforts are collaborative (as they often are in general).
Tiny Little Blackouts released their first album in December and was made for under $6,000. Damien Rasmussen engineered and produced, along with Tiny Little Blackouts. "idea of Alice" was recorded in a garage called the Catacombs located off Capp Street in San Francisco. Damien's thing is called smokeandmirrorsaudio and he has recorded tons of people, including Tom Waits. Chris Mayrena at HyperRaje Productions was helpful to TLB's album production as well.
From Absolute Zero Media Magazine 1/23/2010
"This is very much a shoegazer meets Dream pop sound that Tiny Little
Blackout create. The lush soft but very well sung female vocal with the
droney, lazy, bluesy fuzzed out guitars a warm deep bass line and very jazz
meets post rock drumming is whats going on. Think bands like Belly, Curve,
The Gathering and The Cardigans is all the bands that really come to mind
here. Tiny Little Blackouts have a very 60's Pop feeling to the over all
sound to what there creating . I'm really impressed by what I'm hearing. The
production is monstrous as well " Idea of Alice" as that Phil Spector
production to it if you know where I'm going from. This is another label I'm
not heard from before on any regular basis but if there material is all like
this then more power and send more releases for review as Tiny Little
Blackouts are making me fall in love with pop music for the 1st time in
years. As I go through this review you know who this band most sounds like
to me is when the band LOW has female vocals going on. I finally got to
pinpoint the sound I was hearing. Fantastic work here."
Review from the UK's Unpeeled
It's still half-past January and that means that a new edition of 'The Indie Bible' has hit the streets. This
is a directory that "contains 4,000 publications from around the world that will review your cd!". All that
means to us is a flood of very earnest and very average music from America and this year, we're still
going to listen to all of it, but we'll only be reviewing the very bad and the very good and, yes, it's often
a fine line, but we'll get really wasted and crack on and... recommend Tiny Little Blackouts. They're
from San Francisco and they're adding beautifully disquieting touches to slick indie guitar slow burn
on their debut album, "Idea Of Alice".
"Tiny Little Blackouts is what indie musicians often strive for and fail at, which has turned the genre into a cliché: delightful music with just the right amount of irony."
Abbey K. Davis of Muzikreviews.com