Big Little Lions celebrate complete contentment and radical self-acceptance with their upbeat, stomping new single I Know I Know — fresh from their new album Happy Accident and showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Fashioned from simple drums and jangly acoustic guitar, I Know I Know is anchored by an easy, infectious chorus and a message of positivity about following your own path and trusting your intuition: “Everything I’ve done so far doesn’t make any sense / And I guess it’s just a happy accident / That I find myself here / I’m lucky, I know.” Helen Austin and Paul Otten’s voices blend beautifully, and they often sing in unison, inviting the listener to sing along and adopt that positive outlook for themselves. I Know I Know is all about embracing yourself in the now.
The folk-pop duo of Canadian Austin and American Otten have earned a Juno Award and a John Lennon songwriting prize, and their songs have been featured in numerous commercials, films, and TV shows. Their music is jam-packed with emotion and tight harmonies; the sound of two people happily working side by side.
Living thousands of kilometres apart, they were used to working remotely, but they had enjoyed coming together to tour for live shows. With those cancelled during the pandemic, the duo pledged to release a single a month to keep themselves sane and connected. Those songs have amassed 400,000 streams, garnered a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, helped them snag an official showcase at Folk Alliance International 2022, and sparked a new record deal with Fallen Tree.
On Happy Accident, 13 of those singles — songs of separation, songs of friendship and songs of love — are collected to create one captivating album. I Know I Know is the only song that wasn’t previously released. So now you know.