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Unravelled: 1981–2002
Tall Dwarfs
Merge Records
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Release Date
August 19, 2022
  • Vinyl Boxset 4×LP

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    • Four 180g black vinyl LPs housed in two gatefold jackets
    • Black polylined inner sleeves
    • 20-page collector's booklet of lyrics, photos, comics, posters, and other ephemera
    • Tip-on cardboard slipcase
    • Includes digital download card
  • CD 2×CD

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    • Two CDs in printed color sleeves housed in a 4-panel wallet
    • 6-panel folded insert of photos and ephemera

A deep dive into the 21-year journey of New Zealand DIY pop pioneers Tall Dwarfs, aka Alec Bathgate and Chris Knox (both previously of Toy Love and The Enemy fame). Designed and painstakingly curated by Bathgate himself, this 55-track collection comprises songs from across the band’s discography which spans a slew of full-length albums, EPs, singles, and compilation cuts released between 1981 and 2002. Unravelled is an abbreviated primer into the ramshackle brilliance of Tall Dwarfs, whose influence has lived on through artists as varied as Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Beck, Waxahatchee, Bill Callahan, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the Mountain Goats, and Neutral Milk Hotel, just to name a few

“Some of the catchiest and most intelligent songwriting ever conceived. Acoustic outsider poetry punk, mixed with a ‘studio as instrument’ artfulness. What more could you want?” — Jeff Mangum, Neutral Milk Hotel"

All physical formats include a download.


  1. Nothing's Going to Happen
  2. Luck or Loveliness
  3. All My Hollowness to You
  4. Maybe
  5. Pictures on the Floor
  6. Clover
  7. Paul's Place
  8. The Brain That Wouldn't Die
  9. Walking Home
  10. Beauty
  11. Turning Brown and Torn in Two
  12. Crush
  13. Shade for Today
  14. Pretty Poison
  15. Carpetgrabber
  16. Sleet
  17. Burning Blue
  18. Woman (Live)
  19. Road and Hedgehog
  20. Attack of the Munchies
  21. The Slide
  22. Waltz of the Good Husband
  23. Cant
  24. Dog
  25. The Winner
  26. Bodies
  27. Sign the Dotted Line
  28. Rorschach
  29. Pirouette
  30. Wings
  31. Lowlands
  32. Oatmeal
  33. Think Small
  34. Life Is Strange
  35. We Bleed Love
  36. More 54
  37. Entropy
  38. Bee to Honey
  39. Self-Deluded Dreamboy (In a Mess)
  40. The Green, Green Grass of Someone Else's Home
  41. The Severed Head of Julio
  42. Two Minds
  43. Jesus the Beast
  44. Albumen
  45. Cruising with Cochran
  46. Fatty Fowl in Gravy Stew
  47. The Ugly Mire of Deep Held Feelings
  48. Gluey, Gluey
  49. Round These Walls
  50. Room to Breathe
  51. Time to Wait
  52. Baby It's Over
  53. We Are the Chosen Few
  54. The Fatal Flaw of the New
  55. Over the Hill
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