It’s been two and half years since we’ve heard any new music from Tiny Little Houses. Now, the Melbourne band has returned with the poignant new track ‘Richard Cory’.
Inspired by a poem of the same name, ‘Richard Cory’ is an emotional onslaught of heartbreaking lyrics. In true Tiny Little Houses style, you’re forced to hang on to every word as you embark on the intimate journey. While the theme is heavy, the song's instrumentation guides the listener smoothly.
The track highlight is certainly the relationship between front-man Caleb Karvountzis' soothing vocals and the harsh guitar tones. The riffs first start simply with a descending chord progression but as the song continues, various layers of melodies slowly begin to build to a sweeping guitar solo. The solo soars flawlessly over the top of the harsh tones and holds you in right until the very end of the track.
Speaking on the track, Caleb Karvountzis says, “Richard Cory is a reimagining of a far better poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson. The first time I read it as a teenager I was completely stunned and knew one day I would try to work a song around its theme. While modernising some of the setting and language, I've tried my best to do the original poem justice, with its status themes still being relevant today.”
It’s not the first time this poem was used for musical inspiration. Back in 1966, Simon & Garfunkel were also inspired by it and went on to create their track of the same name. You know it’s impactful when a poem from 1897 can transcend generations and still remain relevant.
This is the first hint of new music from the band since their 2018 debut album Idiot Proverbs took the indie scene by storm. Judging by this new track, it seems like the band are ready to continue releasing new music.
“We are very much looking forward to releasing new music, even in such a disruptive time. With a whole bunch of songs on the way, we think they're reflective of some of the anxieties and uncertainty that has surfaced more obviously during this last year,” the band said in a statement.
While 'Richard Cory' may seem like a fresh route for the band, it still has the emotional core fans are familiar with. With more music on the way, Tiny Little Houses are on track to dominate again.