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Editors’ Notes

The former Split Enz and Crowded House frontman joins up with Flaming Lips’ producer Dave Fridmann for an album that’s pure psychedelic pop, circa 2014. Finn writes indelible melodies, and Fridmann orchestrates ideas until they reach an alternate universe. And Fridmann makes his presence felt here; the experimental sense of “Divebomber” sounds far crazier and headier than anything Finn’s imagined on his own. Yet “Flying in the Face of Love” and “Better Than TV” center on melodies that only a true pop craftsman could write in his sleep. Recorded between Finn’s Auckland studio (Roundhead) and Fridmann’s upstate New York studio (Tarbox Road), Dizzy Heights is an album that takes multiple listens to fully appreciate. Finn’s previous music was often about immediacy, but here the flavors aren’t always at the surface. “Pony Ride” has a naturally appealing rhythmic drive, but only headphones reveal the intricacies lurking in the gorgeous stereo soundscape. Finn’s falsetto on “Recluse” recalls Curtis Mayfield's soul as much as Wayne Coyne’s trippy stylings, all coming to life in the context of Finn’s refined and classic New Zealand pop.

Customer Reviews

Neil Finn is Underrated...

Can’t wait for this album. Neil is easily one of the most underrated song writers of our time.

Musical Evolution At Its Finest

There is so little left to be said about Neil Finn's prowess as a songmaster: most all that can be said has already left lips and fingers. Now, all we have to do is sit back and take it all in, and let the music speak for itself. As it has done all along.

Maturity has a way of stealing many artists' thunder of years gone by. However, as in the case of Neil Finn, there is apparently no such thing happening. Just listen to the body of work: it is timeless, seamless and beautiful.

Mesmerizing Heights

Neil Finn stands on the precipice, peering through sun-drenched clouds with a mix of fear and curiosity at the view of ominous waters below. Serving as both a metaphor and a description of the cover on Finn’s 3rd solo release, Dizzy Heights, this surreal scene captures the essence of high risk: actions that push us to the brink of what we know and beckon us to leap into the unknown. This is a risk that Neil Finn chooses willingly, a stunning feat for this master songwriter, and the risk pays off here with an album that delivers on multiple levels. ‘Dive Bomber’, the first official release from Finn’s new album, reminds us that when poised on the precipice “there’s only one way down”, yet in this song and throughout the record, Finn hovers gracefully between a dreamlike realm and all that is real and tangible.

On Dizzy Heights, Finn pushes the bounds of expression on his most personal album to date. His inspiring and beautifully crafted lyrics reveal the full spectrum of intimacy by exploring a range of feelings, including lust (‘Dizzy Heights’), euphoria mixed with apprehension (‘Dive Bomber’), giddiness (‘Pony Ride’), loss (‘In my Blood’), longing (‘White Lies and Alibis’), admiration (‘Strange Friends’), compassion (‘Recluse’), and nostalgia (‘Lights of New York’). With a voice that resonates with sincerity, Finn moves us from heady romance through deep commitment. Throughout Dizzy Heights, Finn muses on love while making songs that seem to be written with only you in mind.

Sonic risks abound in this collaborative production between Finn and producer Dave Fridmann of Tarbox Studios. Fridmann, known for his work with Flaming Lips, OK Go, Tame Impala, and Mercury Rev creates detailed sonic layers enhanced by analog alchemy. The Finn/Fridmann collaboration on Dizzy Heights is unique for creating surreal aural soundscapes built upon beautifully crafted songs replete with soaring melodies, dynamic chord changes and solid rhythm. As a result, these songs are as danceable as they are listenable. And like all great psychedelic pop, the cinematic scope of Dizzy Heights promises to take you down the rabbit hole for wondrous years to come.

Lisa Hartjen
Twitter@DorothiesAll
5Feb14

Biography

Born: May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Neil Finn has consistently proven his knack for crafting high-quality songs that combine irresistible melodies with meticulous lyrical detail, from his beginnings as the precocious junior member of Split Enz, through his leadership of Crowded House, and, finally, in his distinguished solo career. He has also earned considerable international commercial...
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