LIAM FINN: FOMO
By Amanda Mills
Liam Finn clearly likes to keep busy. Since 2008’s ‘I’ll Be Lightning’, he’s worked with EJ Barnes on their ‘Champagne and Seashells’ EP, and has been part of ‘supergroup’ BARB. His second solo album ‘FOMO’ (short for ‘Fear Of Missing Out’) illustrates how Finn has expanded his stylistic palette, while retaining his familial melodic gift. It is tenser than his debut – the songs are tighter, the guitars faster. The Struggle has some dirty distortion on guitars and vocals, while album opener Neurotic World flirts heavily with sparse electronica and piano. More ‘classic’ Finn is Roll of the Eye, which boasts a beautiful melody, the pretty ’60s doo-wop pop of Cold Feet and Reckless, which is polished garage-rock. It was written and (mostly) played by Finn, co-produced with Burke Reid at Roundhead Studios. It would have been easy to rest on the styles and sounds he used on ‘I’ll Be Lightning’, but Finn has extended both, creating an impressive, solid album that is both seductive and modern – not light years away from that previous work, but removed enough to show real progression.