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Simon Finn - Pass The Distance lp (Little Big Chief)

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Officially Licensed Reissue.
First Time State Side Pressing of 500.
Liner Notes by John Olson.

" Recorded in Chalk Farm Studios in London by Vic Keary for his Mushroom imprint (also home to Chillum and Second Hand), Pass the Distance sees landless folkie Simon Finn chase, tumble down and ultimately ravage his beasties and neuroses in a myriad of gripping and frequently terrifying ways. Callin' it acid folk or psych folk or freaked out Xtian primal scream just ain't gonna do the business. Finn ain't finna get buttoned in. Though you can hear the stoned lilt of contempo bonnet-wearers like Donovan on "The Courtyard," the lyrics come off more like Jerry Moore on a Leonard Cohen bender. Things do get pastoral, too, but Finn's spokes are so clotted with mud and hay, he winds up collapsin' and gaspin' down a dry well ("What A Day"). But just when ya think ya boy is outta breath, on comes the tottering monolith that is "Jerusalem," in which Finn croaks til hoarse and foamin' about the state of contemporary believers. A swollen organ drone keens like an Irish wake in the background. Finn sounds like he's playin' guitar with those gauntlets people use to handle razor wire. The percussion struggles to escape in one piece. Of course, all the religious horse hockey is really just a red herring for the paralyzing anger and alienation consuming dude, but if'n you's a sturdy enough chap to have hung thru the first side, you musta figgered that out.

Side B calms it down a touch but the wonders still abound. Leads smother themselves, beauty is lost, folks get betrayed, menacing jokes are cracked. I spose I oughta emphasize the word "cracked" huh? Ya get the notion Finn is on a tough journey, but it's almost better just to wonder what great personal wilderness landed him on the road in the first place. First time and long-overdue Stateside pressing. File awkwardly between Leonard Cohen's Songs from A Room and Kenneth Higney. Seems like Finn could use some company. -Sebastian Morris-White, Buffet of Loathsome" - LITTLE BIG CHIEF RECORDS


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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 07 April, 2010.

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