Playful, inventive indie-pop Q ****
Dynamic and cinematic The Guardian
A weird, twisted, strange and haunting journey into the subconscious of what we all perceive to be the subconscious Noisey
Each track is a jubilant bout of self-expression, a unique canvas awash with an amazing variety of sounds and textures The Sun 4/5
Liam Finn first caught the attention of UK audiences with his debut solo album, I’ll Be Lightning, which earned him stand-out reviews from the likes of The Guardian (“irresistible songs that hum with riotous melodic invention”) and The Independent (“a sumptuous ear for a bittersweet melody”). He then toured the world, sharing stages with the likes of Eddie Vedder, The Black Keys, and Wilco along the way, and in 2011, he released his follow-up, FOMO, to further critical acclaim from national press.
Finn plays an awe-inspiring 67 instruments on latest album, The Nihilist, maniacally assembled with contributions from frequent bandmates/collaborators Eliza Jane Barnes (vocals), his brother Elroy (drums) and fellow NZ songwriter Jol Mulholland (bass). Sessions for the tracks- many of which see Finn inhabiting various character-driven vignettes- took place entirely between the hours of sunset and sunrise in a Brooklyn studio (close to his home in Greenpoint) overlooking the Manhattan skyline.