New Fionn Regan: “100 Acres of Sycamore”
In 2006, Irish singer-songwriter debuted with The End of History: an absolutely poetic, finger-picking masterpiece. Standouts like “Hey Rabbit” and “The Cowshed” earned The End of History a nomination for the UK’s Mercury Prize. To put this honor in perspective, consider other recent nominees: Mumford & Sons, Florence + the Machine, The xx, Thom Yorke, and Adele, to name a very few.
The End of History also earned another, decidedly far less prestigious honor: more time in my rotation than any other album in the past few years. It plays wonderfully as a whole, and belongs in any folk aficionado’s library. Moreover, a few listens is likely to make a folk aficionado out of an impressionable youth. It’s that good, that artistically inspiring.
Following his solid, more electric but not as captivating 2010 release, The Shadow of an Empire, Regan is making way for his third LP: 100 Acres of Sycamore.
Here’s the title track from that album, due sometime this August. It appears a delightful return to End of History form: the same guitar-driven feeling of a determined midnight horse ride combined with Regan’s unrivaled lyricism. Though, a fuller sound exists this time around. More, albeit subtle percussion and a cinematic strings section allude to an album that could possibly exceed Regan’s debut.
Now if only he’d tour the States. Look for an Artist’s Showcase on Regan as his album release approaches.