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For six weeks during 2010 Rosy Tin Teacaddy were exiled to New Zealand’s most volatile landscape; the Rotorua Lakes District. In the shadow of Tarawera, the mountain which unleashed a devastating volcanic eruption in 1886, Rosy Tin Teacaddy summoned the spirits and stories left buried under ash and mud.
Overlooking Lake Tarawera, Billy and Betty plastered the walls inside their cottage with maps and memories, then embarked on expeditions; visiting relics, historical heroes, and trekking to what was once the eighth wonder of the world – the Pink and White Terraces. In their journeys they discovered the characters, news reports and legends that would fuel the imaginings of travelling back in time.
By forging new interpretations of existing myths, the Wellington folk duo carved their own into this full-length album; All Mountains Are Men. Written and recorded entirely in isolation at the cottage by the lake, this new collection of songs extends Rosy Tin Teacaddy’s sonic palette by layering field-recordings, omnichord and cello on a bed of interlacing vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars. From an old-fashioned camera flash comes contemporary musical story-telling; cinematic and intimate.
The single and accompanying video, Out of The Frying Pan and Into Fire, available now, features the folk duo in a make-shift cardboard cottage on the night of June 10, 1886. Rosy Tin Teacaddy wrote this song exactly 124 years after the eruption when they stayed up late and urged their imaginations to get carried away.
Formed in 2007, Rosy Tin Teacaddy have built a reputation for narrative songwriting and lyrical craft coupled with wit and poignancy. Their debut EP, Blind Leading The Blind opened to audiences with a theatre-style show while their following full-length album, The Homeward Stretch, was recorded with multi-award winner Lee Prebble and released in 2009. It was warmly received by critics, punching above its weight, “Alt country, very lovely, folky, small, enchanting, meandering. It’s literally that fresh air – that smallness is just grand!” Manu Taylor, RNZ National.