SAVOUR The Label® - Music for the Discerning Palate
by Parlophone in UK, Issue no 1 (no date, but must be approx Oct
Here at Parlophone we are firm believers that ignorance is definitely not bliss
and SAVOUR The Label is designed to illuminate a few artists that we consider
our creme de la creme.
In this, the first issue of SAVOUR we have featured artists that you will
undoubtedly be familiar with, alongside those you will be meeting for the first
time. So dip in and sample a few of the delights between the pages - you may
well find they're just to your taste.
FINN: TOGETHER ALONE
Conceived in Polynesian tranquility, released in homely familiarity, this first
album from the Brothers Finn harks back in its tuneful simplicity to their last
collaboration, on Crowded House's hugely successful Woodface album.
Written on a six-week Pacific island jaunt, the songs on FINN were recorded back
at Neil's home studio in Auckland, New Zealand, with their friend Tchad Blake
co-producing and contributing sundry unusual noises like the scraping sounds on
"Niwhai". The result is an album whose rough-hewn feel resembles Tim Finn's
recent work with Irish songwriters Andy White and Liam O'Maonlai in ALT, but
whose melodic strength and sonic diversity is pure pedigree Crowded House.
The Polynesian flavour of the title track of The House's Together Alone album
makes its presence felt on FINN too, in the delicate droplets of Hawaiian guitar
on "Mood Swinging Man" and the choral samples in "Paradise (Wherever You Are)",
though the Finns' penchant for classic Beatlesque psychedelic strategies is just
as strong on tracks like "Eyes Of The World". These are the kind of reflective
pop tunes that ease their way into your head over several listens, embroidered
with an odd array of bizarre instrumental textures ranging from the rudimentary
low twang of a tea-chest bass to the more eerily sophisticated tones of the
Chamberlain (an antique keyboard folly akin to a mellotron).
In order to retain as much of a home-grown feel as possible, the brothers
themselves shouldered the rhythm-section duties, Neil donning bass and Tim
making his debut behind the drumkit. "I've never felt so needed before," he
enthused. "You are the engine, the motor, instead of this fey creature waiting
to apply his tune - well, you know what I mean."
Finn. Available now
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