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It seems we’re on a roll with Nordic female-fronted music. Enter Swedish-Australian indie pop outfit Tiny Fighter, whose new single ‘Strangest Thing’ we have the pleasure of presenting you today. You wouldn’t call this Scandipop. In fact, lead singer Therese Karlsson carries a similar sound as Sheryl Crow and the music as a whole is more like Joan Osborne, Tegan & Sara, Paula Cole, Chantal Kreviazuk and even Indigo Girls.
Based in Stockholm, Tiny Fighter was formed after a chance meeting between Therese Karlsson (a truck driver from Kalmar, Sweden) and Tim Spelman (a doctor from Melbourne, Australia). The two met in Stockholm in 2017 and began collaborating, offering an enticing mix of indie-rock and berserker chamber pop and Tiny Fighter surrounds them in their own universe. Not only does the band have great attitude, but they also come with a pedigree.
‘Strangest Thing’ is the first single foreshadowing the band’s debut album Going Home, produced by the legendary multi-Grammy, Gold and Platinum Award producer Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson, who earlier worked with him on their Tell Me EP (2019) and the Reworks remix EP.
The briskly sweeping track is given the video treatment, with Karlsson as the narrator who reveals the details of the story while it’s enacted by toy figures. The beach setting lends a natural look to the clip as the relationship plot is acted out by two kiddie dolls.
“Strangest Thing is a song about the propensity to excuse or downplay toxic behavior within a relationship. What may seem to others on the outside to be irrational or unacceptable can be sometimes difficult to acknowledge or challenge when in the heat of a relationship with another person. This song is about those two competing perspectives,” says Therese Karlsson.
Recorded over 12 months in both Stockholm and at The Panic Room in Skövde, Sweden, this album is a compelling combination of the unabashed indie-pop of Tiny Fighter’s earlier releases with deeper, darker arrangements that showcase the full range of Karlsson and Spelman’s songwriting.
“Being the lead single from our debut album, we really wanted to up the ante on the production values. This is why working with Plec Johansson was such a perfect fit. We wanted to take Plec’s experience working with some of the biggest names in metal and apply the same quality and precision in approach to an indie song. It’s a hi-fi production with a lo-fi heart,” says Tim Spelman.
Earlier, Tiny Fighter recorded their successful 2018 singles ‘New Century’, ‘Want Friends’ and ‘Hollow Talk’ in Los Angeles and Stockholm with Daniel Rejmer (Foals, Ben Frost, Girls Names). Their live album The Loft Sessions (Live in New York), released in December 2018, was recorded on their first North American tour.
Tiny Fighter have grown from an artsy studio project to a live entity selling out tours and filling larger music venues, quickly building a strong reputation for their stirring live performances and ability to tastefully mix catchy indie-pop with darker themes and arrangements.
Most recent tours led the band through Ireland, Latvia, Serbia and Scandinavia. Tiny Fighter’s music enjoyed over 750K YouTube views and 250K Spotify streams in 2019 alone. Other notable achievement includes playing the Stockholm final of the competitive P4 Nästa 2018 song competition.
As of February 7, ‘Strangest Thing’ will be available across online stores. The full Going Home EP will be released on March 27 and can be ordered directly from Tiny Fighter via Bandcamp
Earlier, the band poured out their heart in the single ‘Katrina’ (found on their Tell Me EP):
Also check out their quick video featuring ‘If I Could See’, filmed and edited by Marcus Engman @mecno and found on from their Loft Sessions – Live in New York EP.
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