With a career spanning over four decades, from his pivotal roles in Split Enz and Crowded House through to his more recent solo works and collaborative projects, there can be little doubt that Neil Finn is ordained music-royalty within the Australian and New Zealand music scenes and has a well-earned reputation for being a songwriter par excellence.
Knowing this, it is hardly surprising that his latest song, Second Nature, is a tight little example of adult contemporary music. Underpinned by a strong bassline and mechanical drumbeat, Finn’s lyrics offer a wistful glimpse of youthful abandon and young love that avoids mawkishness. It’s not earth-shattering, but the pulsing piano chords, swelling strings, and layered vocals maintain the listener’s attention.
Perhaps more interesting than the song itself is the approach Finn has taken in recording the track, and the process he will be employing to record his forthcoming album, Out Of Silence. Finn streamed the recording session for Second Nature from his Auckland recording studio, a process he will repeat on August 25th when he records Out Of Silence.