SXSW 2014 | SXSW 2013 | Sound City 2014 | Sound City 2013 | Great Escape 2013

Don't forget to like There Goes the Fear on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! ~TGTF HQ x

In the Post #114: Neil Finn announces new album ‘Dizzy Heights’, offers up ‘Divebomber’ teaser

 
By on Thursday, 7th November 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Jen Carey

New Zealand pop veteran Neil Finn has released the video for ‘Divebomber’, the lead single from his forthcoming solo album ‘Dizzy Heights’, following a live webcast of a rehearsal session for the new songs. The rehearsal featured Finn on piano and acoustic guitar, accompanied by a full orchestra, and also contained an audience participation element, with Finn answering questions submitted in real time via Twitter and Facebook. If you missed the live Webcast, it is now archived at Finn’s Web site and can be viewed here.

In the webcast, Finn remarked that several of the songs on ‘Dizzy Heights’ include large arrangements with either orchestra or full band, revealing the expansive direction of the new material. “I didn’t want to make it a solo record in a stripped back singer-songwriter sort of way,” he says, explaining his collaboration on the record with co-producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and fellow New Zealand musicians Connan Mockasin and Sean Donnelly (SJD).

Though he is best known for the catchy pop tunes of Crowded House, Finn has always seemed to take inspiration for his songwriting from unexpected sources, particularly in his solo material. ‘Divebomber’ was inspired by a 1941 film of the same name, which received an Oscar nomination for its vibrant cinematography. Finn’s ‘Divebomber’ video is less boldly graphic, instead using video footage from a beach vacation in Greece overlaid by diffuse aerial cloud imagery to match the discordant, unsettled tone of the musical setting. But the track’s soaring strings, marching percussion and breathy vocals reflect the heroic and tragic nature of the film’s plot line, as well as the bravery and risk involved in Finn’s recent songwriting ventures. As the song’s lyrics state, ‘There’s only one way down’, and with ‘Divebomber’, Finn has taken a headlong plunge into uncharted territory.

7.5/10

‘Dizzy Heights’ will be released on 10 February 2014 via Lester Records / Kobalt Label Services. Watch the video for ‘Divebomber’ below. Finn will be playing a one-off show at St. James’ Church in London on 27 November but the gig is already sold out.

YouTube Preview Image
 

Live Gig Video: Miike Snow film themselves at Hard Festival in Los Angeles for ‘Pretender’ promo

 
By on Tuesday, 25th September 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Here is Miike Snow‘s promo video for ‘Pretender’, off their 2012 album ‘Happy to You’. The premise is a good one; if you’re going to be at a music festival, why not shoot footage of your time there so you can take it and turn it into a music video? I don’t think you really need a storyline, but the YouTube description says this: “The video finds their friend Jean Noel experiencing his first festival and learning all about the culture that surrounds.” And it was filmed while this mate of theirs was bumbling around the Hard Summer Music Festival in Los Angeles the first weekend of August. Watch it below.

YouTube Preview Image
 

Live Gig Video: Coldplay perform (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) in Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s memory

 
By on Friday, 11th May 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

Last week the music world lost a pioneer – Adam Yauch, better known by his Beastie Boys moniker MCA, died on the 4th of May battling cancer.

An outpouring of fan (famous or not) tributes quickly ensued, including this one from Coldplay covering a Beasties classic that was a little surprising. Watch it below.

YouTube Preview Image
 

Live Gig Video: Milo Greene play ‘1957’ for Converse and Filter Magazine’s ‘Hometown L.A.’ series

 
By on Tuesday, 17th April 2012 at 4:00 pm
 

The song ‘1957’ will feature on folk band Milo Greene‘s debut album to be released in July on Chop Suey/Atlantic here in the States. Filter Magazine teamed up with the Converse shoe company to produce a series of live videos for their ‘Hometown L.A.’ series, and the band was only too kind to perform ‘1957’ for them. Watch the video below.

YouTube Preview Image
 
 
 

About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest tours, gigs, and music we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like idiots.

The blog is edited by Mary Chang, who is based in Washington DC. She is joined by writers in the UK and America. It was started up by Phil Singer in Bristol, UK.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it. If you want a track removed, email us and we'll sort it ASAP.

E-mail us  |  RSS Feed   RSS Feed  

Learn More About Us