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FOMO


Liam Finn


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Neurotic World   MP3 sample
  2   Don't Even know Your Name   MP3 sample
  3   Roll Of The Eye   MP3 sample
  4   Cold Feet   MP3 sample
  5   Real Late   MP3 sample
  6   The Struggle   MP3 sample
  7   Little Words   MP3 sample
  8   Reckless   MP3 sample
  9   Chase The Seasons   MP3 sample
  10   Jump Your Bones   MP3 sample
Disc 2:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Life Isn't Stationary   MP3 sample
  2   Cold Feet (live)   MP3 sample
  3   Roll Of The Eye (live)   MP3 sample
  4   The Struggle (live)   MP3 sample
  5   Better To Be (live)   MP3 sample


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It's not easy to hit a target when you aren't sure exactly what your quarry looks - or sounds like. Don't misunderstand: Liam Finn knew what he and co-producer Burke Reid wanted to accomplish with 'FOMO', the follow-up to the New Zealand dynamo's 2008 breakout 'I'll Be Lightning'. But they also recognized that capturing that je ne nais sais quoi that makes or breaks one-of-a-kind songs wouldn't be a cakewalk.

"We wanted to make music that had an immediate effect on people who aren't into the same kind of music we are," Finn explains. Nothing over-intellectualized or technically flashy. Songs that connected with everyday listeners who simply appreciate tunes that trigger tapping feet-or a lump in the throat. "We wanted to create music that, once you got into it, you could appreciate was good… but when you first heard a song, there was just something about it that made you respond, instantly." That trigger might be as rudimentary as a specific timbre or style of production, but whatever the case, Finn knew all those cues had to come from his gut, and be carried along by songs ripe with integrity.

Liam Finn already knows plenty about what audiences respond to. He toured with his father's band, Crowded House, when he was still in his teens, and cut two albums with his first band, Betchadupa. In the three years since his solo debut 'I'll Be Lightning' and 'Champagne in Seashells' (his 2009 collaborative EP with tour-mate Eliza-Jane Barnes), Finn has crisscrossed the globe as a headline artist and support act with Pearl Jam, Black Keys, and Wilco. He returned to New Zealand and his little beach cottage to write and polish the songs for his sophomore full-length, yet found himself a bit stymied by being out of the spotlight-where anyone who has seen him live will attest he's quite comfortable - and back in the small pond from whence he sprang.

That friction is at the heart of the album title, an acronym for "fear of missing out." "My family and most of my good friends are all musicians, so they're always traveling, too."

Finn enlisted Burke Reid (formerly of Australian combo Gerling) to produce the record with him. The Canadian-born guitarist and songwriter didn't boast a résumé as long and storied as other candidates for the post, but Finn recognized him as a kindred spirit. What he didn't anticipate was that his right-hand man held very different ideas about what constitutes a great record, and how to go about making one. When presented with myriad songs in various stages of readiness, Reid was most enthusiastic about the ones furthest from completion. "He didn't respond to the finished songs as much as he did to the little snippets of ideas, things as simple as just a beat, a melody, or a little keyboard riff. He picked up on those and said, 'Let's try to expand on these!'"

It was an ideal strategy to capture that elusive spark Finn was after. It was also a potential recipe for hurt feelings. "It was quite confrontational at first," he says of their process. "But that's why I wanted to work with Burke. I didn't want it to be easy process. I wanted someone who pushed me to perfect something different." 'FOMO' couldn't be an obvious, logical progression, or merely 'I'll Be Lightning, Part 2'. "Solo artists are pretty easy to peg," Finn demurs. Unless they forge into unfamiliar territory. Given its dynamic range of sound and instrumentation, you'd never guess 'FOMO' was the written and played by one man-unless you've witnessed one of Finn's solo gigs, which feature him bouncing between instruments, piling on loops and layers, and working up the sweat of several men with his head-shaking, body-quaking performance style.

"I made 'I'll Be Lightning' completely on my own, engineered and produced it, and that was quite a cathartic process at the time. This time I wanted to make a record that was truly reflective of where I'm at now." Whereas the primary feeling that inspired Finn's debut was heartbreak, 'FOMO' encompasses a wider spectrum of sentiments: the artist's struggle to grow and evolve; the international nomad versus the small town New Zealand boy; and, happily, newfound love. "Making this record, I got to rediscover myself," he concludes. And that person is on full display throughout these ten songs.

Fear of change holds some artists back. Not Liam Finn: 'FOMO' is a great leap forward.




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Artist: Liam Finn
Album: FOMO
Cat #: LMCD0144
Date: 01/06/2011
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 2
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Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , New Zealand
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