It’s been a few years since we first heard about Swedish-Australian indie pop outfit Tiny Fighter, who are now presenting their new single ‘Perfect Game’. What a tasty preview of their long-awaited debut album ‘Going Home’, to be released in spring via American label Bay Terrace Records.
But this is not their first release. 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)’ followed in December 2018. In that time, the band grew 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 clever song arrangements.
Frontwoman Therese Karlsson speaks about this new track:
“Perfect Game is a song about relationships. Relationships with oneself, with others and critically with money and power. And how the latter can distort and bend the former into something perverse, something corrupted and ultimately something that is not real.”
Directed and filmed by Rikard Westman, the video for ‘Perfect Game’ was performed and choreographed by Jessika Sillanpää. It appears to be an abandoned palace of sorts, likely also based there in Sweden – the perfect setting to represent the contrast between money and what really matter in life, as depicted in this song.
“Given the simplicity of the song we wanted to do something special for the video – something super expressive, a little dark even. Filming in Bogesund Slott, a 17th-century castle north of Stockholm, with dancer/choreographer Jessika Sillanpää and director Rikard Westman was the perfect combination. Rikard is in essence a painter, just with a camera. Jessika has really good instincts, bringing her street-style background to make what we hope is something that is both beautiful and challenging,” says Tim Spelman.
Tiny Fighter was formed after Therese Karlsson (a truck driver from Kalmar, Sweden) and Tim Spelman (a doctor from Melbourne, Australia) met in Stockholm in 2017. They began collaborating, offering an enticing mix of indie-rock and berserker chamber pop.
2019 saw the band’s ongoing collaboration with legendary multi-Grammy, Gold & Platinum Award producer Thomas ‘Plec’ Johansson, which also resulted in the ‘Tell Me’ EP (2019) and the ‘Reworks’ remix EP.
For their debut ‘Going Home’ LP, Tiny Fighter recorded for over 12 months in both Stockholm and at The Panic Room in Skövde, Sweden. The result 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.
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 March 6, ‘Strangest Thing’ will be available across online stores like iTunes and streaming platforms such as Spotify. The full ‘Going Home’ album will be released on April 3, available for order directly from Tiny Fighter via Bandcamp.
Perfect Game – Tiny Fighter (written by Tim Spelman & Therese Karlsson)
Perfect Game (Fall Apart Remix) – Step 5 & Perambulum
Perfect Game (Monolog Rockstars Remix) – Monolog Rockstars
Video directed and filmed by Rikard Westman
Video performed and choreographed by Jessika Sillanpää
Also enjoy the first single released from this album ‘Strangest Thing’