After three victorious single launches, Finnian’s debut album Under The Influence, will undoubtedly enable him to reach a wider audience. With its highly anticipated release set for July 24, it’s the perfect way to showcase his evolution as a folk singer-songwriter. As a culmination of two years’ work, it finds a way to remain loyal to his origins while simultaneously offering a fresh take on the genre.
Growing up in Dundalk, Finnian has impressively cultivated his talent for songwriting over the years. In order to create an intimate and honest atmosphere, Under The Influence was recorded directly to tape in Black Mountain studios under the direction of Producer Peter Baldwin and Grammy Award-winning engineer Ben Kane ( D'Angelo, The Roots, Nora Jones, Emily King). It features some of Ireland's most promising artists, including the likes of Jess Kav of BARQ and Booka Brass. It is a work that truly pays homage to his critically acclaimed live performances this past year.
Each of nine tracks encapsulates the highs and lows of being in love, and all the confusion we experience in between. Like flipping through the pages of a journal, it is lyrically personal and draws upon on his own experiences. Opener ‘Where We Go’, serves as a mellow introduction with a laid -back guitar, keyboard and trumpet instrumental. We hear hints of Southern Blues in combination with a longing for closure and affection expressed in Finnian’s voice.
Finnian’s recent single, ‘Fly’, signals a shift in his journey. We sense his emotional liberation in the roughening of his vocals and the drummer’s dominant presence throughout. Under The Influence is reminiscent of drunken summer nights slowly approaching dawn. It is an absolute must listen from one of the most exciting new talents in the country.
By: Bo Madrid