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Boomkat Product Review:
Psychedelic folk icon Simon Finn returned to recording in 2005 with this, the first full-length collection of new material since his seminal Pass The Distance album from 1970. Appropriately enough the album appears courtesy of that perennial supporter of apocalyptic songcraft, David Tibet, and his Current 93 bandmate Joolie Wood supplies additional instrumentation to the album with some contributions on violin, flute and recorder. At the heart of Finn's music is the interplay between his intricate Bert Jansch-like fingerpicking and the funereal bleakness of his impassioned voice. The album, although not necessarily lo-fi, is recorded with the utmost intimacy, only serving to place emphasis on how emotionally strenuous this album is. Tracks like 'Crow Flies', 'Walkie Talkie' and 'Wounded Tiger' have moments of genuinely spine-tingling power, largely derived from Finn's remarkable and often challenging lyrics. Finn makes an interesting parallel case to Vashti Bunyan, another '70's folk luminary who has recently restarted her career after a lengthy break. While Bunyan taps into a hippyish, rather sunny outlook, Finn represents a darker underbelly, and offers an unnerving yet no less beautiful alternative take on the genre. Highly recommended.