Dizzy Heights

Dizzy Heights

by Neil Finn
     
 

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Since 2001's One Nil -- which was later reworked into One All -- Neil Finn has recorded an album with his brother Tim, reunited Crowded House for two new albums, formed the collective 7 Worlds Collide, launched Pajama Club with his wife …  See more details below

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Since 2001's One Nil -- which was later reworked into One All -- Neil Finn has recorded an album with his brother Tim, reunited Crowded House for two new albums, formed the collective 7 Worlds Collide, launched Pajama Club with his wife Sharon, and released a live record in tandem with Paul Kelly, but despite all this activity there is one thing he's avoided: releasing a collection of his original songs under his own name. Dizzy Heights rectifies that situation and not in a predictable fashion. Collaborating with Dave Fridmann, a producer who made his reputation through his work with neo-psychedelic bands Mercury Rev and the Flaming Lips, Finn luxuriates within the fathomless spaciness of Dizzy Heights. Effects and sounds bubble up and fade away and, initially, it's hard not to concentrate on these shifting soundscapes, not because they're foreign to Finn -- ever since the initial disbandment of Crowded House he's been increasingly restless and experimental -- but because the production is as focused and precise as his songcraft. This is a new development. Usually, whenever Finn indulged in spacy, elastic psychedelia the results were pleasingly hazy, but here every electromagnetic throb and aural shard is in its right place, heightening the overall effect and, occasionally, distracting from the typically finely constructed tunes. Underneath the aural lava lamp, Finn is taking compositional risks, too: the title track is underpinned with smooth soul, "Divebomber" unfurls into an ominous march, and "White Lies and Alibis" has a tension within its structure in addition to its skittering, skeletal production. Finn still turns out strong pop songs as expected -- "Flying in the Face of Love," "Pony Ride," and "Recluse" -- but the Fridmann production keeps them lively and surprising, which is the key to Dizzy Heights: it is a seamless blend of Finn's longstanding popcraft and latter-day adventure, and it satisfies on both counts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2014
Label:
Lester Records
UPC:
5060186921181
catalogNumber:
11

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Finn   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Clarinet,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes,Wurlitzer
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Sharon Finn   Bass,Vocals
Mark Bennett   Violin
Justine Cormack   Violin
Liam Finn   Guitar,Vocals
Christine Bowie   Viola
Miranda Adams   Violin
Sean Donnelly   Synthesizer,Vocals,electronic percussion
Ashley Brown   Cello
Will Ricketts   Bongos,Shaker
Elroy Finn   Drums
Benjamin Knapp   Human Whistle
Robert Ashworth   Viola
Gordon Hill   Bass
Dianna Cochrane   Violin
David Garner   Cello
William Hanfling   Violin
Katherine Hebley   Cello
Mary Friedman   Vocals
Madeleine Sami   Vocals
Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarch   Cello

Technical Credits

Greg Calbi   Mastering
Neil Finn   Composer,Producer,Cover Image
Sharon Finn   Composer
Dave Fridmann   Producer,Engineer
Liam Finn   Composer
Neil Baldock   Engineer
Sean Donnelly   Composer
Jordan Stone   Engineer
Connan Mockasin   Composer
Elroy Finn   Composer
Benjamin Knapp   Engineer
Victoria Kelly   String Arrangements
Jason Huss   Engineer

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