social icons WMMM twitterfacebook RSS facebook twitter RSS Center

Fresh New Music


 


Widget Wednesday: Listen now to Seven Worlds Collide

Lots of big name artists come together to form Seven Worlds Collide. Listen to full length tracks below. iTunes sell music Quantcast 7 years ago, Neil Finn & friends first got together to perform some live shows – and release a resulting live album. In December of 2008 and January 2009, Neil did it again, only this time bigger and better! He assembled a group of his friends and fellow artists in Auckland, New Zealand to record a brand new album of all new & original material. The cast list this time includes Neil, Sharon & Liam Finn, Wilco, Johnny Marr, KT Tunstall, Ed O’Brien & Phil Selway of Radiohead, Lisa Germano, Bic Runga, and others – all contributing to the performances and songwriting. About: Neil_Finn
"I've never recorded an album in three weeks. But deadlines are a musician's best friend" - Neil Finn
Talk about piling on the pressure. There's a news crew in the studio where several well-known musicians - among them, Johnny Marr, Wilco, members of Radiohead and Lisa Germano - have just arrived after flying in from the other side of the world. And even though Christmas is a fine time to find yourself in New Zealand, that doesn't detract from the enormity of the task at hand. Or the onerous sense of responsibility that you, as the man who invited them over here, would feel about it all. Having come up with the idea, it would have been surely enough to send Crowded House frontman Neil Finn into a minor tailspin. Except that, as he explains, he had got all of that out the way before everyone started to arrive. "I started to panic about a month or two ago. I thought, 'What is this? Is this just an ego thing, to get all these people in and, you know, have a bit of a wank?'" But it was Neil's son Liam - now a formidable recording artist in his own right - who told him to calm down. "He said, 'But why wouldn't you?! If you could, why wouldn't you do something like this?' And I thought, yes - that's a good enough answer. If you get some musicians that you really admire and you know they're good people, and their families are cool as well, why wouldn't you get them out for a Christmas holiday and hang out and have some fun?"220px-johnny_marr
"The pressure and panic. It brings out the best and the worst in you." - Johnny Marr
We have, of course, been here before. Seven years had elapsed since the first 7 Worlds Collide project saw Neil gather together a stellar bill of musicians - many of whom came again for this project - to play a series of shows in New Zealand. All proceeds from the resulting album and DVD went to international medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres. This time around, with international development organisation Oxfam chosen as the beneficiaries, it was a significantly different 7 Worlds Collide project that Neil decided to reconvene. The creative stakes would be raised. This would be a studio collaboration of original songs. "Come with a song loosely prepared," Neil remembers telling incoming musicians - a claim that elicits a benign scoff of derision from producer Jim Scott, "Sure," he laughs, "they were coming with [songs]. They just hadn't been written yet!"kttunstall150x
"Then, he came up with this killer chorus riff. I thought, this is already fun. I think it's going to be a great record too." - KT Tunstall
If the worst came to the worst, they could write it off as a holiday. Neil stipulated that families were more than welcome. "It was important that anyone's kids could feel able to walk through the door when a recording session was happening and it would be fine." says Neil - a good job, where Ed O'Brien was concerned. The Radiohead guitarist found that his kids were insatiably fascinated by the studio environment. But, for creative inspiration, the dramatic coastal location of the nearby beach at Piha began to work its own magic. On Christmas Eve, Johnny Marr embarked on one of his daily runs. By the time he returned, he had the basis of Too Blue. With the help of Jeff Tweedy - who also brought What Could Have Been and You Never Know to the project - the resulting song aced the combination of awe and vulnerability that the New Zealand landscape has, for so long, teased out of Neil and Tim Finn. Slowly but surely, Neil's conviction that the surroundings would bring out the best in all those involved was reaping unforeseeable dividends. Ed O'Brien fashioned the ascending, irresistible grandeur of Bodhisattva Blues - complete with crashing Ringo-esque drums from Elroy Finn - from a Tibetan chant. The Mutton Birds' Don McGlashan delivered two of the album's absolute standouts with Long Time Gone and a tender rite-of-passage meditation called Girl, Make Your Own Mind Up.2528278292_809a87d118
"The music that comes out of this place, it's relaxed, it's joyous. But there's also a dark undercurrent. Like New Zealanders, there's a heart of darkness to this place." - Ed O'Brien
As a relative newcomer to the project, KT Tunstall had good reason to be nervous. Suggested to Neil by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, KT and her husband Luke were honeymooning in New Zealand when they received the call. Once their camper van huffed and puffed its way to what the singer describes as a "windy clifftop road, a little too redolent of I Know What You Did Last Summer", KT hot-footed it to the studio, keen to allay her anxieties by getting a song under her belt. Late at night, she purloined her exhausted host to help her complete Hazel Black, but Neil Finn just wanted to go to bed. "I'd had a bit to drink and I said, 'KT, I don't think I've got it in me.' But she has this astonishing energy about her. Before we knew it, we had a song." If KT - who also penned a superb murder ballad Black Silk Ribbon with New Zealand musical icon Bic Runga - talks about the sessions with the saucer-eyed disbelief more common to a competition winner, it's hardly surprising. "Everywhere you looked, someone whose records had soundtracked your life was working on something that sounded incredible." Amid this atmosphere of musical cross-fertilisation, all sorts of ad hoc alliances resulted in inspired new songs. Getting to work on a rhythm track and melody laid down by Liam Finn, Johnny Marr wandered by and added a guitar track. This in turn suggested a new chorus melody to Liam that he then stayed up all night to finish. By the time Johnny checked back in, the hauntingly restive ruminations of Red Wine Bottle were complete.
"Phil Selway! It's the 'Who knew?' to end all 'Who knews?'!" - KT Tunstall
Within the bigger story of 7 Worlds Collide unfolded smaller narratives, many of them quite unexpected. Encouraged by Jim Scott to step out of the shadows (or, to be specific, the shop downstairs where she designs, makes and sells chandeliers) Neil's wife Sharon brought her crisp, dewy vocals to bear on a tune she wrote with her husband, Little By Little - no mean feat for a debutante when you considered the assembled talent watching her. No less startling was the musical evolution of Radiohead drummer Phil Selway. Flying from England seven years ago for the first 7 Worlds Collide project, Selway remembered a feeling of terror descending upon him as he realised that Radiohead were the only band with whom he had drummed. Unbenownst to many of those present, Phil had learned his way around the guitar and found his own songwriting voice. But if such a relative novice was cowed by the presence of Neil and Johnny Marr - artists whose music he had listened to as a teenager - it didn't show. 7 Worlds Collide marks Selway's recording debut as a solo songwriting entity. Neil remembers: "Early on in the sessions I remember him going off to a quiet corner, the stairs outside the studio, and writing The Ties That Bind Us there and then - which, quite frankly, I would have struggled to do. When he came back, he sang it - and musically and lyrically, there was nothing wrong with it." KT Tunstall echoes Neil's astonishment: "It didn't just end there. He recorded it and - I kid you not - he was pitch-perfect. And this from a guy none of us had heard sing before."
"What do I bring to it? God, I don't know. Have you asked someone else?" - Neil Finn
"It's Neil. It all comes from him. He's just a big love explosion," says KT Tunstall, when pressed on the qualities Neil Finn brought to bear on the sessions. "There's something about him that made everyone open up creatively - which was vital to it." Wilco's Jeff Tweedy echoes the sentiment, pointing out that he has "listened to songs that Neil has sung or played on since I was in high school." Neil Finn simply recalls that when the three weeks were up, no-one wanted to go home. But inevitably the gravitational pull of real life (and the unbendable schedules that fill it) meant that, one by one, this ad hoc agglomeration of musicians - a merry mass that only self-deprecation mitigated against calling itself a supergroup - had to go home. The lingering testament to their efforts is The Sun Came Out. Named after a line in the massed-ranks Kiwi chorus of Lisa Germano's Reptile, this two-CD collection is - like all the best studio albums - unified by a common mood, a shared aim and a belief that nothing redeems the soul and swells the spirit like a killer tune. It also happens to be a benefit record. But let's not make any special allowances here. This album's beneficiaries are not just the ultimate recipients of its proceeds, but anyone still capable of feeling that holy shiver of recognition when they hear a great pop song for the first time.


Share This: | More


 
11/11/2009 10:04AM
Widget Wednesday: Listen now to Seven Worlds Collide
Please Enter Your Comments Below
11/11/2009 11:57AM
A Beer and a Pipe » Fast Thursday links
[...] http://blogs.1055triplem.com/freshnewmusic/2009/11/11/widget-wednesday-listen-now-to-seven-worlds-co...“I’ve never recorded an album in three weeks. But deadlines are a musician’s best friend” – Neil Finn. Talk about piling on thepressure. There’s a news crew in the studio where several well-known musicians – among them, Johnny Marr, … [...]
11/12/2009 1:30AM
Tweets that mention 1055 Triple M » Widget Wednesday: Listen now to Seven Worlds Collide -- Topsy.c
[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by 105.5 Triple M, John Relation. John Relation said: 1055 Triple M » Widget Wednesday: Listen now to Seven Worlds Collide http://bit.ly/1vsYJP [...]
11/13/2009 7:55AM
Liam Goldrick
http://eduoptimists.blogspot.com/2009/09/musical-elective-of-month.html
12/10/2009 4:46AM
harris piano
harris piano... Thanks heaps for this!... if anyone else has anything, it would be much appreciated. Great website HOT Pianoforte Links http://www.en.Grand-Pianos.org Enjoy!...
12/25/2009 3:04PM
The Town That Dreaded Sundown, 1976
[...] hooded killer who is stalking victims during the evening and leaving the local police at a loss. The Town That Dreaded Sundown. [...]
03/18/2010 2:02PM
seven worlds
[...] Website. Search for: Game Info. Stargate Worlds. Developer: Cheyenne Mountain. Publisher: MGM ...1055 Triple M Widget Wednesday: Listen now to Seven Worlds ...Lots of big name artists come together to form Seven Worlds Collide. Listen to full length tracks [...]
Title :
Comment :
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
Activate With M
Submit
I think my heart may have stopped beating
Dear Superstars, During last night's elimination I think my heart may have stopped beating and that would've been it's own "drive-by heartache." This competition is tough but I'm very proud for making it through the first challenge. My level of...
Read More
Songs for Tax Day
So I learned today that if you're getting a refund, there's no penalty for not getting your taxes in by today's deadline. But why would you want the government to keep your money any longer than they already do? With that question in mind...
Read More
'Blood Moon' not as scary as it sounds. ~Stevi
Were you able to catch the 'blood moon' last night? It was a beautiful spectical presented by nature and the atmosphere that caused the moon to change color, ranging from bright orange to blood red. Not sure what it means or why it's such a...
Read More
Believe In The Possibilities Of The Impossible
Dear Superstars, This is a quick love letter to all of you supporting me during the Project M competition. The response from "Light Blue Sweater" last week was huge and I hope I can make a big splash with "Drive-By Heartache." It means more to me...
Read More
Blood Moon: reason to stay up late, or end of the world?
There's a preacher in Texas who's a little freaked out about tonight's lunar eclipse, and the three that follow every six months over the next two years. He thinks it's a signal of the end of the world!, and has even written a book...
Read More
Bully gets taste of his own medicine. ~Stevi
This. Is. Amazing: After terrorzing a family with disabled children, a judge sentences a man to hold a sign which read "I am a bully I pick on children..." The man says the sentence "ruined my life". I say, lesson learned. Hopefully, the justice...
Read More
Nirvana enters the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame in a big way ~Stevi
The surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl and Christ Novoselic) stole the show at last night's Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. It was great to see how close the two musicians are. Especially considering their fellow inducties...
Read More
Getting The Creative Juices Flowing
This Monday was great! Everyone is so talented and the styles are so different. I tried really hard to write a song that was upbeat and fun and to be honest it was a little out of my comfort zone, which is EXACTLY why I am doing this competition: to...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
I think my heart may have stopped beating
Dear Superstars, During last night's elimination I think my heart may have stopped beating and that would've been it's own "drive-by heartache." This competition is tough but I'm very proud for making it through the first challenge. My level of...
Read More
Songs for Tax Day
So I learned today that if you're getting a refund, there's no penalty for not getting your taxes in by today's deadline. But why would you want the government to keep your money any longer than they already do? With that question in mind...
Read More
'Blood Moon' not as scary as it sounds. ~Stevi
Were you able to catch the 'blood moon' last night? It was a beautiful spectical presented by nature and the atmosphere that caused the moon to change color, ranging from bright orange to blood red. Not sure what it means or why it's such a...
Read More
Believe In The Possibilities Of The Impossible
Dear Superstars, This is a quick love letter to all of you supporting me during the Project M competition. The response from "Light Blue Sweater" last week was huge and I hope I can make a big splash with "Drive-By Heartache." It means more to me...
Read More
Blood Moon: reason to stay up late, or end of the world?
There's a preacher in Texas who's a little freaked out about tonight's lunar eclipse, and the three that follow every six months over the next two years. He thinks it's a signal of the end of the world!, and has even written a book...
Read More
Bully gets taste of his own medicine. ~Stevi
This. Is. Amazing: After terrorzing a family with disabled children, a judge sentences a man to hold a sign which read "I am a bully I pick on children..." The man says the sentence "ruined my life". I say, lesson learned. Hopefully, the justice...
Read More
Nirvana enters the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame in a big way ~Stevi
The surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl and Christ Novoselic) stole the show at last night's Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. It was great to see how close the two musicians are. Especially considering their fellow inducties...
Read More
Getting The Creative Juices Flowing
This Monday was great! Everyone is so talented and the styles are so different. I tried really hard to write a song that was upbeat and fun and to be honest it was a little out of my comfort zone, which is EXACTLY why I am doing this competition: to...
Read More
Categories
Archives