Opening track Meditate Me’s jangly fuzz is instant evidence of a band not resting on their laurels; their fuller sound is intensified by frontman Caleb Karvountzis’ bleak cynicism. The sadness doesn’t stop there – title track Snow Globe carries on appropriately. “I’m only a miserable man” is sighed out during lead single Song Despite Apathy, not to be lost within its tasty punk riffs.
Tucked inside the six tracks is a self-deprecating, emo-fuzz cover of Kasey Chamber’s I’m Not Pretty Enough – just when I thought I had erased any memory of that song from my brain. Closer Lonely People shows a tiny glimpse of optimism, though the heavily anchored tone set in the preceding five tracks doesn’t allow it to shine through. With their second release it seems the sky is the limit for Tiny Little Houses, even if they are staring at the ground.
Snow Globe is out now via Ivy League.