Label: The Tiny Music / Almost Musique Release date: 10/04/10 Link: Official Website MP3/Buy: Last Weekend l Amazon The Tiny's album, Gravity And Grace, could have been named after the obscure-ish theological writings of the same name by Simone Weil. There seems to be evident the same evocative sparseness, minimal but powerful lyricism and joyous celebration of life. They are also charmingly honest in not claiming to be anything more than incredibly, unbelievably cute: Ellekari Larsson and Leo Svensson met in Stockholm, fell in love (according to their MySpace) and have been making beautiful music together ever since. There's a beguiling simplicity to what they do. It may not feel like the most amazingly new music but there is a comforting familiarity, and the vocal dexterity and strange use of instruments are at once beautiful and chilling. Ellekari's deceptively fragile voice, which seems as though it may grate at first, is evocative of a lot of singular female artists - there are obvious comparisons to be drawn with Bjork, Rilo Kiley, and Regina Spektor, but she is none the worse for it. Their music is still refreshing and individual, creating complex layers of vocal work over melodic use of keyboard. There is also a surprising amount of wallop behind the opening delicacy, provided by some simple work with a double bass and some passionate keyboard thumping. The impact of the sound is mainly centered around it's fluctuation between sparse simplicity and organic orchestral flourishes. It's quite easy not to be swayed by any other reviews as they're mainly in Swedish - but it does seem that they're now causing a stir across the rest of the world with this, their third LP, and joining the ever-growing wave of folk-styled acts (unsurprisingly, they know Thus:Owls) becoming popular. However this album is worth your time, and you will find your favourite track shifting with each listen. The opening song, 'Last Weekend', is a stormer from which it seems the whole album never quite recovers from. But with each listen more of the subtleties of the other tracks become icily clear. Particularly fantastic is 'Ten Years', telling a friend how much better off she is for leaving behind the man she has been pursuing for so long: “Now you've stopped for the first time in ages, and you see how small the cage is”. Bonus track 'Pet Cemetery' is a cheesy comment on the concept of eternal life, and 'The Man Who Ran' involves further themes of the possibility of gravity being a mere concept of the mind. With a gorgeous mixture of subtlety, surety, humour and contemplative moments, Gravity And Grace will be one you return to again and again. Photobucket