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Elroy explains, “The song ‘Excite Me Much’ I wrote the day after my brother’s wedding and I was very short on sleep and hungover due to the festivities of the night before. But the guitar just sort of played the line from this song without me thinking or trying too much.”
01. The Whole Thing
02. Worth The Wait
03. Lost Our Mystery (SINGLE EDIT | ALBUM VERSION)
04. The Highest Tree
06. Excite Me Much (STREAM | WAV | LIVE)
07. Life Is At Home
08. Way Down Above Below
09. Doesn’t It Bother You
10. Bye For Now
After years of touring and collaborating as a drummer and multi-instrumentalist in various groups (Wild Nothing, Connan Mockasin), as well as with his family (extensive worldwide touring with his brother, Liam Finn and as part of Crowded House with his father, Neil Finn), Elroy Finn (going simply by Elroy) will release his debut self-titled album on Aug. 13th, 2021.
A talented multi-instrumentalist – “I was obviously surrounded by instruments a lot growing up thanks to my Dad, so I was very fortunate in that way,” he says – Elroy was written, produced, recorded, and mixed by Elroy himself.
A brief self-release of the record in his native New Zealand earned attention right away for the hazy, coaxing sound that Elroy says he hopes will “evoke the weightless feeling you get just before you fall asleep.”
Elroy says the tune is only a “non-specific, ambiguous love song,” which feels like he is speaking from a place of humility that could only be developed by growing up surrounded by legendary songwriting talent.
In regard to his lyrics, Elroy is equally humble.
“As far as lyrics go, I tend not to over explain meanings as I think it’s really important for people to mis-hear and interpret them however they want,” he explains, adding slyly, “It’s also better, because it means I don’t have to admit if the song isn’t really about anything.”
Perhaps this notion is just Elroy’s humility shining through yet again, or maybe it is a defining characteristic of the deceptive simplicity of his music.
Elroy arrives Aug. 13th, 2021 on the Grand Phony label, preceded by the singles “Excite Me Much,” “Life Is At Home,” and “Worth The Wait.”