Following his critically acclaimed 2011 album, FOMO, Liam Finn made a big life change: he moved to New York. Compared to London, where he had been living previously, the New Zealand songwriter found the new environment far more encouraging for writing his rich pop songs. Once Finn set up his studio space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn which overlooked the Manhattan skyline, he says he felt inspired and the new songs immediately began taking shape.
The result, Finn's third solo album, The Nihilist (out May 6), is packed with fizzy and dreamy pop gems full of fantastic melodic details and subtle sounds that fill your headphones. For the album, Finn reportedly played a whopping 67 instruments himself, but also turned to his frequent collaborators and bandmates, Eliza Jane Barnes (vocals), fellow New Zealander Jol Mulholland (bass), and his brother Elroy on drums. With both mellow psychedelia on "Snug As F--k" and fuzzy rockers like "Burn Up The Road," Finn and company have crafted another superb and surprisingly dance-ready record.
Liam Finn is currently in the middle off his month-long residency at Union Pool in Brooklyn.