This week's download comes from Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. The track "Maggie, I've Been Searching for Our Son" comes from the forthcoming album Faith in the Future. The album will come out Sept. 11 on Partisan Records.
Josh Kaufman produced the record in the cozy, rustic confines of Woodstock’s The Isokon recording studio and helped Finn stretch the boundaries of his songwriting with confidence, invention and ambition in order to realize what is sure to be a defining moment in his career.
At times stark and spare, at other times vibrant and dynamic, Faith in the Future is Finn’smost compelling collection thus far, each song a powerfully alluring and subtly nuanced composition wedded to his distinctive short story narratives, which owe as much to authors such as John Cheever and Raymond Carver as they do any rock influences. Most of the material on Faith in the Future was written several years ago, around the time Finn’smother died, and while none of them directly address that loss, he insists the idea of transcending grief and finding redemption running through the album can be directly traced to that event.
"Maggie I’ve Been Searching for Our Son" debuted at the Wall Street Journal website yesterday. Finn on the song:
“It’s really just about someone who’s been flailing around spiritually looking for answers, trying to make a connection before time runs out.”
Craig Finn will be performing at the Cactus Club on Oct. 23 at 9:30pm.