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In the Post #114: Neil Finn announces new album ‘Dizzy Heights’, offers up ‘Divebomber’ teaser

 
By on Thursday, 7th November 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Jen Carey

New Zealand pop veteran Neil Finn has released the video for ‘Divebomber’, the lead single from his forthcoming solo album ‘Dizzy Heights’, following a live webcast of a rehearsal session for the new songs. The rehearsal featured Finn on piano and acoustic guitar, accompanied by a full orchestra, and also contained an audience participation element, with Finn answering questions submitted in real time via Twitter and Facebook. If you missed the live Webcast, it is now archived at Finn’s Web site and can be viewed here.

In the webcast, Finn remarked that several of the songs on ‘Dizzy Heights’ include large arrangements with either orchestra or full band, revealing the expansive direction of the new material. “I didn’t want to make it a solo record in a stripped back singer-songwriter sort of way,” he says, explaining his collaboration on the record with co-producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and fellow New Zealand musicians Connan Mockasin and Sean Donnelly (SJD).

Though he is best known for the catchy pop tunes of Crowded House, Finn has always seemed to take inspiration for his songwriting from unexpected sources, particularly in his solo material. ‘Divebomber’ was inspired by a 1941 film of the same name, which received an Oscar nomination for its vibrant cinematography. Finn’s ‘Divebomber’ video is less boldly graphic, instead using video footage from a beach vacation in Greece overlaid by diffuse aerial cloud imagery to match the discordant, unsettled tone of the musical setting. But the track’s soaring strings, marching percussion and breathy vocals reflect the heroic and tragic nature of the film’s plot line, as well as the bravery and risk involved in Finn’s recent songwriting ventures. As the song’s lyrics state, ‘There’s only one way down’, and with ‘Divebomber’, Finn has taken a headlong plunge into uncharted territory.

7.5/10

‘Dizzy Heights’ will be released on 10 February 2014 via Lester Records / Kobalt Label Services. Watch the video for ‘Divebomber’ below. Finn will be playing a one-off show at St. James’ Church in London on 27 November but the gig is already sold out.

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MP3(s) of the Day #688: The Chapman Family

 
By on Friday, 5th October 2012 at 10:00 am
 

The track ‘Lies’ had been a mainstay of the Chapman Family‘s live shows from 2008 to 2011. An actual recording to have and hold has been next to impossible to come by, so the band are giving this version away for free. It’s rare as all hell, so all the more reason to grab this version, recorded at Green Dragon Studios in Stockton-on-Tees in early 2010, for your very own, right? I will leave you with the words the band themselves used to describe the song:

It’s about paranoia, confusion and the feeling of being able to see through the lies of people in positions of authority but not being able to do a thing about it. The noise and feedback in the music of the song was supposed to mirror the feeling of panic and terror in the lyrics. The band themselves were so passionate about the song that they wanted it to be a central focal point of their debut album. However, seemingly everyone else in the world disagreed.

The band have also made covers of Crowded House‘s ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and Kate Bush‘s ‘Army Dreamers’ free as well. You can listen to and download any or all of these tracks below.

 

2008 Forestry Commision gigs announced! (UPDATED)

 
By on Monday, 11th February 2008 at 7:17 pm
 

KT TunstallThe Forestry Commission has announced their artists for summer 2008’s summer series. This year sees KT Tunstall, The Charlatans, Crowded House and Status Quo all rock various forests around the UK. Full details are on their website. Catch the below acts at the dates below. All tickets are on sale now..

The Zutons

Thursday 5th June – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Near Brandon, Suffolk
Sunday 8th June – Bedgebury Pinetum & Forest, Near Goudhurst, Kent
Friday 13th June – Delamere Forest, Near Linmere, Cheshire
Friday 20th June – Westonbirt – The National Arboretum, Near Tetbury, Glos
Saturday 21st June – Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Near Edwinstowe, Notts
Friday 27th June – Dalby Forest, Near Pickering, North Yorks
Saturday 28th June- Cannock Chase Forest, Near Rugeley, Staffs

KT Tunstall
(with support from Tom Baxter)
Friday 6 June – High Lodge, Thetford Forest Near Brandon, Suffolk
Sunday 15 June – Delamere Forest Near Linmere, Cheshire

Tickets are £27.50 and go on sale at 9.00am this Friday, 15th February

Crowded House

Friday 20 June – Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nr Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire
Saturday 21 June – Westonbirt, National Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Thursday 10 July – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Nr Brandon, Suffolk

Tickets are £30 and are on sale now

The Charlatans

Sunday 29 June – Cannock Chase Forest, Near Rugeley, Staffordshire

Tickets are £26 and are on sale now.

James Morrison

Saturday 14 June 2008 – Delamere Forest, Linmere, Delamere, Cheshire

Tickets are £27.50 and are on sale now.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Saturday 7 June 2008 – Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, Nr Goudhurst, Kent (with Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall)
Friday 18 July 2008 – The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire (with Gilson Lavis, special guest vocalist Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall)

Tickets are £30 and are on sale now.

Katherine Jenkins

Saturday 12 July 2008 – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk
Saturday 19 July 2008 – The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

Tickets are £28.50 and are on sale now.

Status Quo

Saturday 7 June 2008 – High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Santon Downham, Brandon, Suffolk
Friday 27 June 2008 – Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire
Saturday 28 June 2008 – Dalby Forest, Nr Thornton Le Dale, N York Moors
Sunday 22 June 2008 – The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Tickets are £30 and are on sale now.

 

Live: The Thrills, Magic Numbers, Tiny Dancers + Crowded House @ AOL Summer Cooler

 
By on Friday, 29th June 2007 at 1:40 am
 

Dome“We’re proud to be able to play in one of Tony Blair’s legacies to the UK” David Kay of Tiny Dancers said of their chance to be one of the first bands to play the indigo2 at the former Millenium Dome.

One of the most state of the art venues in the UK Indigo2 is the smaller of two venues at the new O2 complex which comprises shops, bars and cinema as well as the 20,000 arena and the 2,500 capacity indigo2. A contender to the likes of Koko and Shepherds Bush, its small enough for it to be used as “club gigs” for big bands, and large enough for small bands to aim for.

Up in the balcony the venue looked distinctly like a cinema, with plush seats (complete with stewards to tell you to get them off the seat in front) and speakers throughout. However, it lacks the quirks of some older venues: Whilst the sound is simply superb, the place lacks some of the atmosphere that darker, dingier places like the Astoria have and makes them so loved.

For the first nights entertainment, AOL took it over for their “sessions”, which last night saw Tiny Dancers, The Thrills, Magic Numbers and Crowded House take to the stage. Tiny Dancers were first up, playing to a half empty venue, however soon got into the spirit of things, playing five songs. Highlight was “Hannah, We Know” which saw dancing lego people on the giant screens behind the stage.

The Thrills were next up, debuting new material from their forthcoming album “Teenagers” alongside old favourites “Santa Cruz”, “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?” and “One Horse Town”. Conor Deasy went into showman mode pretty quickly, getting everyone clapping along. Their new material is a natural progression from previous two albums, summery and Irish-American tinged.

In between sets AOL showed some of their previous sessions, with Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini and Ghosts all making appearances. In between The Thrills and Magic Numbers the crowd were treated to a backstage set from Siobhán Donaghy, which showed off her beautiful voice perfectly. However, being shown on video screens just made the entire audience feel detached from the experience.

Magic Numbers provided more summery tunes, with Michelle and Romeo seemingly a bit more used to the stage compared to when this Londonista saw them back in early 2005. Songs like “Forever Lost” and “Love Me Like You” sounded not at all faded, and performed with as much gusto as if they were written yesterday.

Finally, the guys most of the crowd had been waiting for, Crowded House. Hurtling through their set at a decent speed, they were chatty and genial to the crowd, with the Ozzies commenting that “It feels like I’m playing the Bowling Club Social” in regards to the number of summer hats floating around the crowd that were given out free by AOL. On their slower tracks, Neil Finn was clearly peeved with the amount of talking the balcony was doing, commenting “Listen you bastards! You can talk tomorrow!” which was a very fair point.

Four sets in four hours is a decent speed for any venue, however it’s just a shame it hasn’t got any of the soul some of London’s better venues have. The bands meanwhile overcame any issues they may have had with the venue by putting in a thoroughly entertaining show for all.

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