I'll Be Lightning
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Indie wunderkind Liam Finn has burst onto the musical landscape with the force and presence of an artist twice his age. The 23-year-old New Zealander plays nearly every instrument on his first solo release I'll Be Lightning, a responsibility he doesn't relinquish when performing live. During his raucous yet intimate performances Liam utilizes effects pedals to create, sample and loop bass, guitar, drums, vocals and even Theremin. Liam's sound ranges from foggy and intimate to fuzzed-out garage but melodies are always the order of the day. On I'll Be Lightning, Liam has translated the shambolic energy of his live show onto vintage 2-inch tape, yielding a studio album of frightening power and endless hooks. Digipak.
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In terms of sound, I think the Rolling Stone graphic (Elliot Smith - Despair + A Laprechaun = Liam Finn) captures it about right. It's quiet and contemplative music but not at all depressing, plus it has a certain playfulness about it that can only come from someone who loves what he does. It's a homey, authentic and rootsy record with bits of electronic instrumentation thrown in for good measure. It reminds me of Paul McCartney's first solo effort (also one man playing the instruments and having fun doing it, revealing a unique and quirky charm). Not exactly an original concept but one perfectly executed here.
I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for young Mr. Finn, and I am predicting great things.