THE TINY LIES: Trials EP
By Amy Maclaine
Christchurch duo Harley Williams and Charlotte Ivey became The Tiny Lies just over two years ago, in the autumn of 2009. With their recording studio a victim of the Canterbury earthquakes, the band took to recording in Ivey’s flat, setting up a mobile studio with the help of sound engineer Lukas Theilman and Ben Edwards from The Sitting Room. The lap steel guitar of Delaney Davidson features prominently on this album, with other guests including Redford Grenell (ex-Shapeshifter) on drums, Anita Clark (Devillish Mary and the Holy Rollers) on viola and violin, Jesse Shanks on banjo and John Sanchez-Lloyd on accordion. Together they have created a poignant blend of folk and country on this debut EP. Each track is charmingly world-weary, combining haunting, gentle harmonies and smidgens of harmonica with lyrics of love and loss. ‘Trials’ is quite literally a title which sums up the band’s journey from the rubble and ruins. Overall it’s a quietly confident and thoroughly enjoyable album.