Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Finnegan Shanahan wrote his song cycle The Two Halves for the powerhouse ensemble Contemporaneous. Based on a map ca.1852 of the Hudson River Railroad, The Two Halves exists in a world somewhere between memory and imagination. It is divided into six songs, each one its own small piece of a dream-like narrative - beginning along the Hudson River and gradually moving out over the Catskills, hurtling across the country to the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico, and eventually leaving the planet. Inhabiting the border of avant-rock and lushly-orchestrated folk music, The Two Halves moves seamlessly from passages of breathless beauty to moments of high-energy groove. The album is Shanahan's debut.
Personnel: Finnegan Shanahan (vocals, guitar, violin, viola, piano, organ, percussion); Jake Chapman (electric guitar); Josh Henderson (violin); Sarah Haines (viola); Dylan Mattingly (cello); Adrienn Kántor (flute); Evan Honse (trumpet); Daniel Linden (trombone); Cameron West (horns); Pat Swoboda (electric bass); Matt Evans (drums, percussion); Douglas Friedman (electronics, sampler).
Audio Mixer: Chris Rubeo.
Recording information: Bard College, Annadale-On-Hudson, NY.
Photographer: Jonah Rosenberg.