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Craig Finn Details Fifth Solo LP 'A Legacy Of Rentals', Drops First Single Messing With The Settings

Monday, 28 March 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: D. James Goodwin

Craig Finn has announced his fifth solo album.

Recorded in spring 2021, 'A Legacy Of Rentals' will initially be released on CD and digitally via Positive Jams/Thirty Tigers on May 20.

The Hold Steady frontman worked on the record alongside creative collaborators, producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin. It's previewed by the poignant, meditative lead single, Messing With The Settings, which blends spoken-word storytelling and rich instrumentation, complete with a 14-piece string section adding a grandiose, cinematic feel.

"Memory is a major theme through A Legacy of Rentals," Finn revealed, "and I wanted the first song on the record to open on that note. This song is literally a eulogy. It’s delivered by someone who has lost touch with the recently deceased, but still finds them important. Musically, it really explores the line between talking and singing, which was something we leaned into on this record. We wanted to make this song an incantation of sorts. It also features the beautiful 14-piece string section that played on a lot of these songs. I wanted to it have a cinematic feel, like Gone With The Wind or something like that."

He added: "The title 'A Legacy Of Rentals' acknowledges that we can never completely hold any of our possessions, and that our bodies are merely a temporary residence for our souls. All moments are fleeting. After the destruction of the past few years, I believe that there is joy in each and every living action, however mundane – walking to the kitchen, missing a train, spilling coffee, cleaning it up, meeting a friend for a meal. We all want to be remembered. We all want our time here to be consequential. In taking these daily actions, we engage in hope, and we guarantee our unique place in history."

Head below to view the LP's cover art and tracklist, along with a teaser trailer. Finn is set to confirm tour dates supporting the release in due course.

'A Legacy Of Rentals' tracklist:

1. Messing With The Settings
2. The Amarillo Kid
3. Birthdays
4. The Year We Fell Behind
5. Due To Depart
6. Curtis & Shepard
7. Never Any Horses
8. Jessamine
9. A Break From The Barrage
10. This Is What It Looks Like

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