‘The Nihilist’ might sound like a dark title for a record, but Liam Finn begs to differ. “4 Track Stomper” builds a distorted beat on an old four-track tape recorder into an off-kilter masterpiece, and the album’s eerie, percussive title track was actually born as an a capella arrangement during a jam with Elroy. Liam Finn and EJ Barnes on Letterman March 6, 2008 12:13 PM Subscribe. Always an engaging and ever-changing live performer, Liam is a musical chameleon with a desire to constantly challenge himself, and his audience, yet always maintaining his familiar sense of melody and soulful songwriting. Playing in his own unique style as a one-man band, looping his guitar, adding fuzzy bass lines and thrashing away on drums, Liam and his backing vocalist Eliza-Jane Barnes brought the album to maniacal life. It’s a fitting description for the record as a whole, which, much like the city that captured Finn’s imagination as he watched from across the river, balances moments of triumph and anxiety as he channels its countless characters’ inner workings through his own musical prism to reveal his finest, most sophisticated work yet. Liam Finn was in town the other day to play Sound Fix, Music Hall w/ Pela, and Letterman. Entertainment Weekly hailed his “effervescent choruses [and] swooning harmonies,” while Billboard called the record a “charmer.” He toured the world, sharing stages with the likes of Eddie Vedder, The Black Keys, and Wilco along the way, and in 2011, he released his follow-up, ‘FOMO,’ to further critical acclaim, with SPIN saying the album “blends sophisticated melodies and wistful vocals with masterful authority.”. His debut album, ‘I’ll Be Lightning,’ earned Artist to Watch accolades from The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Spin, Stereogum and more, along with performances on Letterman and Ferguson. “There’s an idea of nihilism as being quite a negative or macabre concept, but it really isn‚Äôt at all,” the New Zealand native says excitedly. “It turned into this very weird existence,” he explains. Since then he has collaborated with directors Anthony & Alex on both a perfilmance-art piece entitled ‘Success,’ and his first feature soundtrack for the upcoming Susanne Bartsch documentary On Top. Liam Finn and EJ Barnes -- U.S. network debut on Letterman via . The truth is, Liam Finn’s music has always existed in its own distinct reality of other-worldly arrangements and blissfully catchy hooks. “As soon as I found my own space to bunker down, the songs started taking shape,” he says. Finn used the inspiration to explore new perspectives and deeper levels of his own psyche. Finn found a studio space not far from his new home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with windows overlooking the Manhattan skyline. On the overseas front, Liam’s big break came when he was given a surprise opportunity to deliver a blistering performance on Letterman, bringing him recognition that he has worked hard to maintain. Finn's solo site: liamfinn.tv More solo videos: Liam Finn live, Liam Finn - Second Chance , Liam Finn - Gather To The Chapel. From a young age Liam has been recording music and touring extensively; having earned his chops at the ripe age of 14 by playing guitar and drums in his father Neil Finn’s first solo outing, Liam then went on to form his teenage band Betchadupa in the early 2000’s. ‘The Nihilst,’ his third solo record, builds on all those strengths, pushing his songwriting and arrangements into more refined and mature dimensions, a notion he attributes as much to geography as anything. Liam is de oudste zoon van Neil Finn (van Split Enz en Crowded House) en Sharon Finn. They feel more personal to me than ever before, but they’re written out of the idea of being someone else.”. “Snug As Fuck,” a melodic and fantastical duet with frequent collaborator Barnes, bridges the gap between Finn’s work as a teenager in the acclaimed New Zealand band Betchadupa and his current solo career, while “Burn Up The Road” is an infectious fuzzed up rocker. In 2018 he is set to release both the soundtrack and his first collaborative album with his father Neil Finn, as well as completing songs for his fourth solo album. “I worked myself up into a frenzy to be able to inhabit the character that was created in each of these songs. Playing 67 instruments, he maniacally assembled the album along with frequent bandmates/collaborators Eliza Jane Barnes (vocals), his brother Elroy (drums), and fellow New Zealand songwriter Jol Mulholland (bass) in sessions entirely between the hours of sunset and sunrise. Liam expanded his live line-up to tackle the more ambitious arrangements and lead the group to settle in Brooklyn, NY. During this time he also formed and recorded the ethereal first album for BARB, a side project with Connan Mockasin, Lawrence Arabia and Eliza-Jane. Liam & Neil (Crowded House) Finn (CRED) Liam Finn was in town the other day to play Sound Fix, Music Hall w/ Pela, and Letterman. Liam and Eliza-Jane then released their collaborative EP Champagne In Seashells in 2009. “There was a surreal feeling created through the energy of where I was and looking over at Manhattan and seeing it as a subconscious dimension, an entity in itself where every story under the sun was happening all at once. Child”, Nine Inch Nails, The Killers & more appearing on ‘Song Exploder’s 2nd Netfl…. “I like the idea that maybe everything we think we know about this reality or have come to believe is potentially untrue.”, The truth is, Liam Finn’s music has always existed in its own distinct reality of other-worldly arrangements and blissfully catchy hooks. Liam Mullane Finn (Melbourne, 24 september 1983) is een Nieuw-Zeelands muzikant en singer-songwriter.Hoewel geboren in Australië, verhuisde hij als kind naar Nieuw-Zeeland. After the band’s tumultuous relocation to the UK and subsequent break up, Liam began a solo career releasing the much-loved I’ll Be Lightning in 2007.
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