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As a solo artist, Hamish Kilgour was the opposite of prolific for many years. He worked a bunch with the legendary Flying Nun band the Clean starting in the '80s, recorded with the Mad Scene, and did things here and there after that, but until 2014's All of It and Nothing, the venerable drummer had yet to release an album under his own name. The lo-fi strum pop delights of his debut were winning enough to make another album desirable, and Kilgour obliged in 2018 with Finklestein. Based around a story that Kilgour would tell his son about an imaginary king and his kingdom, the album was made over a year's time with his musical cohort Gary Olson of Ladybug Transistor. Given the time taken and the freedom of having your partner own a studio, the album has an unrushed charm as it unspools slowly and mysteriously. Kilgour isn't telling a story as much as creating a mood with the songs, and to that end the arrangements are spacious and filled with a wide array of instruments and sounds like saxophone, pedal steel, vibraphone, and footsteps. Tracks like "Strange Angel" and the loping "Hayride" have a meandering, introspective feel; the instrumentals are quiet and drifting; there is plenty of reverb-soaked gunk stuck to the minor-key psych-folk melodies on rambling tunes like "Flip Top Suitcase"; and songs like "Whistle Stop" and "Gold" sound like Clean tracks dunked in paisley and left out in the sun to warp. It's an unassuming record, but after spending a little time letting the music sink in, it reveals some depth and resonance. Kilgour has found a perfect collaborator in Olson, and the duo have crafted a lovely follow-up to All of It and Nothing.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2018
Label: Ba Da Bing
UPC: 0600197012826
catalogNumber: 128
Rank: 147966

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hamish Kilgour   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Footsteps
Gary Olson   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Trumpet,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,fender rhodes,Mountain Dulcimer,Analogue Synthesizer
Greg Vegas   Saxophone
Marc Orleans   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jared Eggers   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Juno
Hampus Öhman-Frölund   Drums
Alessandra Iavarone   Bass,Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Gary Olson   Engineer
Danny Tunick   Inspiration
Hamish Kilgour   Composer
Greg Vegas   Composer
Marc Orleans   Composer
Jared Eggers   Composer
Alessandra Iavarone   Composer

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