The Shadow of an Empire was initially released on CD in February 2010 and has now, a year later, been released on vinyl. The album was picked up by Diverse Records, an independent ‘vinyl only’ record label, who have re-mastered it after being handed over the hard disk containing the original high resolution studio files.
As with his debut album ‘The End of History’, Fionn produced ‘The Shadow of an Empire’ himself.
“There were no airs or graces about it, we cut live in the room, live vocals. The piano had come off a cruise ship and we wheeled it down the road. The guy who sold it to us threw a couple of cheap Silvertone guitars and a circus drum into the bargain. As far a production goes I’m very much into keeping mistakes, a crack in the voice, the natural ebb and flow of live drums, so that there’s a sort of evidence of the process. I think it’s that atmosphere which makes me want to revisit my favourite albums again and again”
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**** Mojo **** Uncut **** Q **** Irish Times **** Guardian **** Observer **** Metro ‘The Shadow of an Empire’ has been awarded 4 **** across the board for it’s timeless song craft, attitude & poetry.