Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland-based band Tiny Ruins today release a new single, “The Crab / Waterbaby.” This is the band’s first musical offering since 2019’s much-lauded album, Olympic Girls.

The songs of Tiny Ruins often gift a rich visual and emotive narrative. “The Crab / Waterbaby” is drawn from a time-honoured walk around the coves of Little Muddy Creek aside the Mānukau Harbour. A Crab is found upturned, showing its soft belly. The songwriter sees in the Crab an experience of suffering – it’s as though everyone can see right through you, into your very innards – ‘you cannot help but speak about it.’ A song about the transcendent comfort of ritual and ceremony that ‘returns you the right way,’ to ‘give this day a chance.’

The single was released by Milk! Records in Australia, Marathon Artists in Europe, Ba Da Bing Records in North America and in New Zealand via Tiny Ruins’ own imprint label, Ursa Minor.

Artwork for the single “‘The Crab / Waterbaby’” by Tiny Ruins
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