"Rosy Tin Teacaddy's All Mountains Are Men is an impressive piece of work that finds this duo extending themselves beyond the 'homefire' folksiness of their first album and into a world of Kiwi gothic and folktronica in which the possibilities seem wide open". Nick Bollinger, Radio NZ, National.
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.
released June 10, 2011
Rosy Tin Teacaddy is Billy Earl and Betty Grey
Billy and Betty used acoustic, electric and bass guitar, omnichord, computer bleeps/shudders and tinkery, foot stomps and oil-drum slaps, voices and single malt scotch, cottage collage and lost/found sounds, anecdotes, pens and paper, ghosts and make believe to write, perform, record and produce this album.
Janet Holborow played cello and alto flute
Richie Singleton provided additional drums on ‘Man of Dust’
Mixed by Gil Eva Craig
Mastered by Mike Gibson
Distributed in NZ through Rhythmethod
Cover illustration by Holly Beals
Design by Paul Shakesby
All songs written and produced by Rosy Tin Teacaddy
Copyright 2011, Rosy Tin Teacaddy/Earl Grey Records
Produced with thanks to Creative NZ and NZ Department of Conservation's 'Wild Creations' Artist In Residence Program.