Neil Finn has reunited with Crowded House bandmate Nick Seymour for his next solo album, which he plans to release next year.

Neil Finn has reunited with Crowded House bandmate Nick Seymour for his next solo album, which he plans to release next year.

Finn tells Billboard.com that bassist Seymour "has been with me the whole time" on the album, and that "working together again feels really good. It felt natural and right. We've been good company for each other." Finn says that Crowded House drummer Paul Hester's death in 2005 helped bring the two musicians together again.

"You do seek each other out," he says. "The day we heard what happened with Paul, we were about to play a show at Albert Hall, my brother [Tim] and I. We decided we had to continue. And I rang Nick; he was the one I wanted to have there. There's some kind of strong bond still, as you would expect, I suppose."

Finn says he's "just about done" with the album, which will be his first solo set of new material since "One Nil" in 2001 (he released the live "Seven Worlds Collide in 2002 and an album with his brother, "Everyone is Here," in 2004.) His wife and two sons appear on the set, which features strings on three tracks. It's being produced by Ethan Johns and recorded mostly at Finn's studio in Auckland and mixed at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios in England.

"It's a pretty emotional record, I think," says Finn, who recently moved to England full-time. "It's hard for me to evaluate, 'cause I'm so close to it now. But I think it's fairly simple, which I'm really happy about. There's a lot of heart in the record, which I'm happy about, too."

Finn plans to tour in support of the album and expects Seymour to be part of the band. As previously reported, the two will revisit their Crowded House past with the Jan. 16 release of "Farewell to the World," separate CD and DVD packages chronicling the band's Nov. 24, 1996 farewell concerts in Sydney.

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