Faith in the Future is the second solo album from Craig Finn, and it’s being released on Brooklyn-based indie label 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 to realize what will be a defining moment in his career.
At times stark and spare, at other times vibrant and dynamic, Faith in the Future is Finn’s most compelling collection thus far, each song a powerfully alluring and subtly nuanced composition wedded to his distinctive short story narratives. Much of the material on Faith in the Future was written after the passing of Finn’s mother, and while none of the songs directly address that loss, the themes of perseverance and finding redemption can be found throughout the album.
“I had both the music and lyrics to these songs, though they changed a great deal in the studio,” Finn explains. “There’s a grandness to The Hold Steady that tends to make me write about bigger, more dramatic themes. Some of these songs are more mundane, with minor slices of life that wouldn’t best be supported by the hugeness of a rock group. It wasn’t always about what we wanted to put in, but what should we leave out? We didn’t want to sermonize or moralize. Just let these songs, and characters, be.”
“Paper Bird’s Esmé Patterson flies solo,” mused Denver’s Westword in Summer of 2012. Since that time this fierce and brilliant songwriter’s altitude and velocity has only increased. As a founding member of the Americana group Paper Bird, Patterson’s songwriting is at the heart of the folk and roll explosion in Denver, CO. Never one to have too many irons in the fire, Patterson appears on Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, has performed on both Letterman and Leno as a backup singer for Tennis, and has collaborated with Shakey Graves and Nathaniel Rateliff. Woman to Woman, a concept album, is her second solo release.
"Finn’s lyrics mix the frankness of drunken confession with the literary allusions and skillful character development of someone who has read a million books on the college quad. His songs are full of hood rats and saints, and his lyrics find beauty in back alleys and outcasts." - Slate
“Patterson's voice is wiry and candid, backed by arrangements that roll along the folk-country borderline. Some songs proclaim self-determination and defiance; others, like ‘The Glow’ - imagining the Beach Boys’ Caroline - hint at mystery and mortality. ” - New York Times