You can see this collection of short pieces by Calamateur (aka Andrew Howie) as many things, most obviously as a collection of partial songs, snowy scans of half-formed, embryonic concepts. The ten tracks were, after all, recorded on an old four-track and range from the frail electronica of ‘Three Point Turn’ through to the battered acoustic distortion of ‘Hey Baby’ and ‘Simpleton’, incorporating childhood recordings, samples from documentaries, and Playstation beeps ‘n’ clicks along the way. Rather than seeing it as a random scrapbook of sketches, though, you can hear Tiny Pushes Vol.1 as a careful assemblage of fragments that build to a surprising and beautiful whole — very short movements in a successful suite.
Inspired by the lo-fi warts-and-all recordings of the likes of Sebadoh/Sentridoh and originally intended for release on 7" vinyl, Andrew rapidly made the financially smart — and far more democratic — decision to make TIny Pushes Vol. 1: How To Be Childlike available for free download instead (no pressing costs, and anyone who would like it might actually stand a chance of finding it). In 2003 it was a bit unusual for a record label (or two, in this case) to give away music, especially music the creator and labels were proud of. We were proud of this music. We still are.