In 2007, Finn released his debut solo album, I'll Be Lightning. The album was recorded in Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios, using analog equipment to give it the spontaneous feeling of a demo recording. Most of the instruments were played solely by Liam, a sound he re-created during his following tour by moving from instrument to instrument, looping each part with an effects pedal while bandmate Eliza Jane Barnes sang backup vocals. Popularly received in New Zealand and Australia, I'll Be Lightning, as well as the 2009 EP Champagne in Seashells (a collaboration with Barnes) cemented Liam Finn's status as a formidable talent, and he returned two years later with a poised, poppy sophomore release, FOMO.
Finn headed to Brooklyn, NY to record his next studio effort, 2014's The Nihlist, which once again found him handling nearly all the instruments himself, though Barnes once again supplied vocals and Jol Mulholland and Elroy Finn sat in on bass and drums, respectively. ~ Jody Macgregor, Rovi