Perhaps the first thing the listener needs to do with Out of Silence is forget about the circumstances in which it was created.
For four consecutive Fridays in August Neil Finn has live-streamed the making of his fourth solo album via his Facebook page – releasing the singles More Than One of You and Second Nature on the 11th and 18th respectively.
Clearly this approach excited Finn and his fans.
But when the process is forgotten all that is left behind is the music itself: piano-based orchestral pop with a minimum of drums and percussion.
The album is compact at 35 minutes and complex in its instrumentation and arrangements – scored by composer Victoria Kelly.
It is beautiful on the surface and yet seemingly bottomless: these songs are too subtle and densely textured to take in all at once.