2. Last Weekend
The Tiny vocalist and founding member Ellekari Larsson was well on her way to becoming a professional ice skater until a serious slip at age 14 sealed her fate. She hung up her skates and devoted herself to music, performing with various Stockholm-based punk and ska outfits throughout her teens. During the summmer she sang jazz with her fathers big band. In 2002, a friend introduced her to cellist and Royal Academy of Music dropout Leo Svensson, and the two hit it off immediately. They fell in love.
Although it took the couple more than six months before they dared to play together, it was at that time The Tiny was born. As soon as The Tiny was a fact Ellekari sold her apartment in Stockholm to finance the recording of the band's debut album (Close Enough 2004) and secured a distribution agreement with V2 Music Scandinavia. The couple found new accommodation in a rented cottage outside of town. So begins the story of The Tiny.
Since then they have been busy. The Tiny's second album, Starring Someone Like You, was released two years later on DetErMine, a label Larsson started with her friend and fellow Scandinavian, Ane Brun. Beside their own tours, The Tiny has played, toured or collaborated with artists like Ed Harcourt, Martha Wainright, Ane Brun , Camera Obscura, Anna Ternheim, Heikki, Magic Numbers, Jarvis Cocker. Ellekaris voice has been heard on albums with Frida Hyvönen, Primal Scream, Peter Bjorn & John, Taken By Trees, Freddie Wadling etc. Leos string arrangements and cello- and musical saw-playing has been heard on records by Jenny Wilson, Nicolai Dunger, the Concretes, Sarah Blasko, Peter Morén, Anna Järvinen, etc.
Touring and releasing 2 criticaly accalimed albums on their own label, almost killed The Tiny. Both personally and musically. Ellekari- "We actually did split up the band two years ago. It was kind of -either we finish the band or we finish our relationship. It has it's sides being a couple working and touring together, and both of us being so devoted to music..."
Now The Tiny have had their pause, Ellekari and Leo are married, and they are back on track. The Tiny's third album "Gravity & Grace" is a fact.
The album is produced by former Talk Talk bassist Paul "Rustin Man" Webb and was recorded in "The Soundtrack of Our Lives" studio in Gothenburg, Sweden. "This album took a long time to make, even though the actual recording didn't take much time. Most of it is just live-recordings with a few additional sounds. We decided we needed a third party - a producer. Working with Paul Webb was a thrilling idea that we didn't expect to work out. But when he said he wanted to do it we spent a lot of time talking and sending demos. He was very picky about the songs, and how they would fit together, so we had to work hard and throw away a lot of material along the way. We wanted to capture the essence of The Tiny. The energy from our live-shows. We wanted the songs to contain all necessary ingredients from the beginning. So that once in the studio, we could play everything that would carry the song at once. Pithy is our new favourite word. When Paul pressed record he said: "may the pith be with you" haha. We think we reached what we aimed for, and are very happy with the outcome.