Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Neil Finn album news; initial tour dates announced

It looks like I have my first most anticipated CD of 2014...

Dizzy Heights, the new solo album from Crowded House leader Neil Finn, will be released Feb. 10 via Lester Records/Kobalt Label Services and is currently available for pre-order here:

The release was confirmed during a webcast from Finn’s Auckland studio. The full webcast, which includes a performance of three new songs from Dizzy Heights, can be viewed here:

Tour dates have been announced. See below for details.

Additionally, as a special preview, a short film created by Finn for the album’s lead track “Divebomber,” which was inspired by the World War II film of the same name, is now streaming on Finn’s official YouTube channel here: 

The 11-track album was recorded between Finn’s Auckland studio, Roundhead, and Tarbox Road, the upstate New York studio of Dizzy Heights co-producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala).

Of his latest effort, Finn notes, “I didn’t want to make it a solo record in a stripped back singer-songwriter sort of way…I had a feeling Dave would be good at adding some odd shapes to the music, which I always welcome—making things a little more expansive. He is good at subverting things, and making things sound a bit messed up and not as obvious, rather than being too tasteful, which is always a temptation.”

Track listing:

1. Impressions
2. Dizzy Heights
3. Flying In The Face of Love
4. Divebomber
5. Better Than TV
6. Pony Ride
7. White Lies and Alibis
8. Recluse
9. Strangest Friends
10. In My Blood
11. Lights of New York

November 19 Los Angeles, CA...Largo
November 21 New York, NY...Le Poisson Rouge
March 29 Vancouver, BC...Vogue Theatre
March 30 Seattle, WA...Neptune Theatre
April 1 San Francisco, CA...Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
April 2 Los Angeles, CA...Orpheum Theatre
April 5 Toronto, ON...Queen Elizabeth Theatre
April 7 Boston, MA...Shubert Theatre
April 8 New York, NY...Town Hall
April 10 New Haven, CT...Shubert Theater
April 11 Glenside, PA...Keswick Theatre
April 12 Washington, DC...Lincoln Theatre

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