Finn Andrews Shares “Wide Winged Bird” + Video Hang With Marlon Williams and Puppet Show Livestreams
May 27, 2020 BY Nettwerk
Finn Andrews (of The Veils) releases “Wide Winged Bird,” the first piece of new music since 2019’s critically-praised debut solo album, One Piece At A Time. The track was recorded in early March 2020 at Roundhead Studios w/Tom Healy, Cass Basil (bass), and Dave Khan (violin).
“Wide Winged Bird” is another stirring and intimate ballad with delicate strings, tender vocals in perfect balance with darkly romantic lyrics. “There was an old folk tale I heard when I was a kid, and it began with: there once was an ocean, and in that ocean, there was an island, and on that island, there was a hill, and on that hill, there was a house, and in that house, there was a room, and in that room, there was a box, etc, etc… This song isn’t part of any new album campaign or anything, it’s really just a playful image that I hope will be of some small benefit at the moment while we’re all cooped up in our homes: a wide-winged bird flying over it all,” says Andrews.
Additionally, check out the artist-to-artist hang/performance between Marlon Williams and Andrews. Before the lockdown, they were set to do a series of writing sessions together. Instead, the pair met up online to share the trials of Covid-19 and isolation, how it’s affected their livelihoods, and what will happen on the other side. In this video, Finn Andrews performs Marlon Williams’ “Beautiful Dress” from 2018’s Make Way For Love, while Marlon Williams performs Finn Andrews’ “The Spirit in the Flame” from One Piece At A Time.
About Finn Andrews:
Since signing a record deal at 16, Finn Andrews and his band The Veils have released 5 albums together, appeared in David Lynch’s reboot of Twin Peaks, as well as on soundtracks by luminary film directors Tim Burton and Paolo Sorrentino, and was also recently been commissioned by the Belgian government to write a 20-minute orchestral piece to commemorate the antipodean dead of World War I. It was while writing 2016’s critically acclaimed Total Depravity that the New Zealand-raised musician realized a different streak was beginning to emerge. Fueled by the end of a relationship, Andrews took some time out from London and from The Veils, and returned to New Zealand to begin work on his first solo album, One Piece At A Time. One Piece At A Time is more personal and self-exploratory than anything Andrews has previously attempted, an effort he says that wasn’t necessarily deliberate but more a result of circumstance. Recorded entirely live at The Lab in Auckland, and engineered and co-produced by Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins), the band includes Andrews on vocals, piano, and guitar; Cass Basil on electric and upright bass; Alex Freer on drums; Healy on guitar; Reb Fountain and Nina Siegler on backing vocals; with sprawling string arrangements by Victoria Kelly.
Praise for ‘One Piece at a Time’ the new album available now:
“A stately record, written at a point where Finn found himself in this in-between zone and redefines what he’s doing” – NPR Music
“With a laser eye for detail and a keen ear for textural subtlety” – The Sunday Times
“Fine, self-questioning solo debut from Veils frontman… Andrew’s most confessional work.” – UNCUT
“The album’s timeless melodies and elegant arrangements make it worthwhile for those outside of the misty-eyed crowd” – All Music
“It’s a softly poetic return from The Veils frontman” – CLASH
“Achingly beautiful… An intimate and unyielding musical effort with very little room for disappointment.”
– London in Stereo
“This is a thoughtful and original album. Finn Andrews has already established himself as a formidable talent as front-man of ‘The Veils’ and this debut album takes that talent in a new direction” – Music News