- 25 Aug 11
Recorded in Anna Friel’s Spanish villa – it’s a long story! – Fionn Regan’s 100 Acres Of Sycamore could just be the album that gives him the international breakthrough he so richly deserves. Marathon US tours, ‘60s recording values and artistry are all on the agenda as he meets Craig Fitzpatrick.
The thing about songs is that it’s always very hard for me...” Fionn Regan pauses, drinking in one of those long, considered silences he so adores. “I mean, I can articulate myself completely within the walls of a song. I get transported when I’m inside a song. When I play shows sometimes I come out the other end and feel like I’ve been somewhere else. And sometimes that keeps you up for two days.”
“I haven’t planned for this, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was part two of a trilogy,” he reveals. “I only started thinking about that the other day. With Sycamore, there was that feeling of the dilated pupil and hair standing on end. We got to a place and I don’t know how. It’s almost like its own little country. It has its own calendar and time, it feels like it will always be there. I haven’t tried to play any cards, I haven’t tried to come to the aesthetic watermark of the times that we’re living in, I haven’t tried any cheap shots. All the pips are in it, all the mistakes are in it.”
What unknown worlds and impressions Regan has yet to imprint on our eardrums remains to be heard. The final part of his grand trilogy lies hopeful on the horizon. He talks about possibly releasing the ‘Red Tapes’ on vinyl and the approaches he’s had to produce others, turned down to date because: “I’ve got too many records I wanna make myself.” For the time being, Fionn himself still seems lost in the Land Of Sycamore. “When I walk onstage and I’m singing the songs, they never become one-dimensional. There’s always some back road that I go off on. It’s wide and open. Like the sea.”