Fionn Regan’s 2006 Mercury-nominated album, The End of History, is the second best album in the history of music according to everyone who’s heard it (insert your #1 here). The lone Irishman and his guitar made one of the simplest, and yet most resplendent creations I’ve ever heard. His fingers seemed to draw life and punctuation out of each pluck and bend of the strings. And then, in 2010, he became a circus tent imitation of Bob Dylan, covered in face-paint and extravagant costumes for his Shadow of An Empire. Where once he was alone, he then surrounded himself with grand instrumentation and vocal accompaniments on mass. Fans were shocked and miffed: Regan had changed his musical identity with little warning or cause. But history has taught us that the true musicians are ever seeking and exploring music of every sort, often leaving their base to follow.
With that idea in mind, we witness today the first emerging glimpses from his brand new third LP, 100 Acres of Sycamore. Revealed in two songs; title track “100 Acres of Sycamore” and “For A Nightingale”, Regan has returned. But he’s brought a gaggle of violins, cellos and other orchestral birds with him this time.
(100 Acres of Sycamore is available 8/15/11 from Heavenly Recordings)