Finnegan Shanahan Track Premiere via I Care If You Listen

I Care If You Listen premieres
track from Finnegan Shanahan's
The Two Halves

"a fresh burst of melodies, heady arrangements, and electronics"



from upcoming album featuring Contemporaneous
out February 26, 2016
pre-order via Bandcamp


album release show:
March 21, 2016, 7pm
National Sawdust

New Amsterdam Records is excited to share "The Two Halves" from Finnegan Shanahan's upcoming debut album. "The Two Halves" premiered via I Care If You Listen, which called the entire album "a fresh burst of melodies, heady arrangements, and electronics." Watch the trailer for The Two Halves here, and pre-order the album here.

The album release show for The Two Halves will take place at National Sawdust on March 21. The event will feature Shanahan performing with new music super-group Contemporaneous, which commissioned and recorded The Two Halves. More info and tickets here.

The Two Halves is the debut album from Brooklyn-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Finnegan Shanahan. Part travelogue and part song cycle, The Two Halves is an ambitious statement of purpose from the 22-year old Shanahan, and will see a release on February 26, 2016. Based on a map of the Hudson River Railroad circa 1852, the album is divided into six songs, each one a small thread of a dreamlike fabric — moving along the Hudson and gradually out over the Catskills, hurtling across the country to the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, and eventually leaving the planet.

Commissioned and recorded by powerhouse new music ensemble Contemporaneous (of which Shanahan is a founding member), the 35-minute song cycle balances Shanahan's deft violin work and ethereal vocals with sprawling arrangements of strings, horns, percussion, and electronics. Musically, the album lies at the crossroads of avant-garde composition and lushly-orchestrated folk music and moves seamlessly from passages of breathless beauty to moments of high-energy groove, capturing the breadth of the Hudson Valley itself.  

Additionally, The Two Halves features 18 unique pieces of corresponding artwork by artist and illustrator Render Stetson, each image depicting one of three different "Dream Map" locations per song. These locations are half-remembered, half-imagined places imposed upon the mysterious and mostly-empty 19th century map.

Upcoming Performances:
3/21 - National Sawdust (Album Release Show) - Brooklyn, NY