To conjure fall, just imagine a hint of cold in the air, scarves and sweaters, and bright orange & red leaves mockingly splashed against the gray sky. Or listen to The End of History by Fionn Regan.
At twenty-six, the Irish native has managed to capture a sound and sentiment beyond his years. Favoring a finger-picking style, Regan creates an incredibly rich sound. Occasionally accompanying the core of guitar and Regan’s clear, strong voice are strings, piano, and even the less conventional saw.
The folky “Put A Penny In the Slot” offers a funny and quirky first verse detailing oddly endearing kleptomaniacal behavior. “Black Water Child” has a country tilt to it, and on “Bunker or Basement” a hollow piano duets with Regan’s guitar for a beautiful outro.
Tied for best track are “Snowy Atlas Mountains” and “Hunters Map” – both are dark, haunting, and extraordinary.
Fraught with intimacy, The End of History is a gorgeous glimpse into Regan’s world. More than just lovely melodies and poetic lyrics, Regan’s songs grasp the intangibles of beauty and present them track by glorious track.
The End of History dropped 07/10/07.
You can listen to several tracks from the album here.