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Olympic Girls
(Ba Da Bing Records)

On Tiny Ruins’ third release, Hollie Fullbrook returns with complex and cryptic lyrics, touching and emotional vocals, and intricate guitar work. Fullbrook eschews a tight, predictable pop structure in favor of songs that change sound and mood during their duration, never meandering and always captivating. Lyrically, she often conveys idealism contrasted with cynicism.


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 On the title track, she seems to contemplate female empowerment and revolution, noting progress but also the journey ahead by singing, “We were only inches away/Still have a long, long way to go.” The song “Stars, False, Fading” starts off with a dynamic doo-wop influenced melody, and lyrics discussing a love that she knows very well might fade once the harsh sting of reality sets in. Olympic Girls celebrates moments of fleeting joy in a flawed world. 5/5


Olympic Girls is out February 1, 2019 
By Adrienne Urbanski
This piece originally appeared in the January/February 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

Top photo: still from "Olympic Girls" music video

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