Belgian Avant-Pop Artist Robbing Millions Releases New Single “Tiny Tino”

  Van Muylem    23 april 2021

Robbing Millions, the psych tinged project of Brussels based and classically trained jazz guitarist Lucien Fraipont, has shared his newest singles, “Tiny Tino” and “Dynamic Plants” off his second album Holidays Inside, out June 25th via Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser’s homegrown label MGMT Records, which has previously released only the duo’s own material.

Tiny Tino sounds like an unearthed Wally Badarou song topped with childlike vocals and takes cues from video game music, progressive Italian rock and  R Stevie Moore’s weirdo pop. The track is accompanied by the peaceful folk prog instrumental “Dynamic Plants”.

Speaking on the Tiny Tino track accompanying and video, Fraipont says:

‘Tiny Tino’ is an ode to friendship and to the East LA neighbourhood where I stayed for several months working on Robbing Millions’ upcoming album. It’s also about trying to be someone you’re not. The little, scarier than intended, puppet you’ll see wandering around the neighbourhood in the video is trying to act cooler and tougher than it is. Although the song has a weird 9/4 time signature, I think of it as a naive playful song with a whistle friendly melody. You could see it as Robbing Millions’ take on salsa music.”

Through his creative method and cultural devouring, Fraipont has earned acclaim for his colourful, off-kilter approach to making music. Producer Shags Chamberlain (DrugdealerMac Demarco and more...) talked about working on Holidays Inside, saying, “It’s really good music. Basically it’s prog-pop, really catchy pop songs, but with some crazy time signatures and wild melodies. Lucien [Fraipont] is a trained jazz guitarist, so his sense of harmony is really well-developed. He’s an all-around great musician, but importantly also a great songwriter.”