Far Lands

Far Lands is the culmination of over a decade of songwriting by Cincinnati native and Portland transplant Andy McFarlane. It represents the next logical, yet unlikely, step in a slow musical evolution that saw Andy as a high school musician and an aspiring ethnomusicologist, recording Zapotec folk music in Oaxaca, Mexico. The 2000 release of his book of poems, prose and rhymes, Intersection was immediately followed by a move westward and inward where he quietly documented the births of his daughters and the deaths of his parents. This tangible effort of turning life and loss into a sort of musical diary was ultimately isolating as he shied away from production and performance while holding down jobs as a teacher, principal and professor of education. Yet 17 years later, something has happened.

Oh What an Honor/ Oh, What a Drag, their debut album from November 2017, resulted from a chance encounter with childhood friend Matt Drenik (Battleme). The two hadn’t seen each other in 20 years. After a few forays into reminiscing old Ohio folklore, they quickly moved to Drenik’s Portland studio, Get Loud, and got about the work of making art. McFarlane’s urge to begin documenting seemed natural. His songs were primitive; tiny, primal screams of hurt and wonder. After some back and forth, the two sat down and played “Geronimo” on the piano. They believed the best way for these song vignettes to live wouldn’t be in isolation, but in full spectrum, while acknowledging the power of the initial minimalism. With Drenik playing most of the instruments, they enlisted the help of drummer Pauli Pulvirenti (Eyelids, Elliott Smith) and Ivan Howard (Rosebuds, Howard Ivans). McFarlane’s lyrical delivery widened, spanning decades in a morphed vision quest of love and evolution. Instead of clocking countless hours at rehearsals and club shows, Far Lands found a voice in the studio as a conversation between old friends.

On the heels of Oh What An Honor / Oh What A Drag, Far Lands will be debuting two new songs this summer (“Death Doesn’t Sleep” A/B “Nights”) tracked over last winter in Los Angeles and Portland, OR. McFarlane writes, ” ‘Death Doesn’t Sleep’ is about coming to terms with the finite nature of time while ‘Nights’ focuses on the complete happenstance that either lands you in love or not.”

Praise for their 2017 full length Oh What an Honor/Oh What a Drag:
“…a delicate and reflective collection of shoegazey rock songs and ballads in the vein of Grandaddy and Yo La Tengo that grows more likable with each listen.” – Oregon Public Broadcasting

“A project born out of the rekindling of an old childhood friendship, Far Lands a reminder that music has the power to bring us together, and perhaps, in some little way, make the world a better place.” – For the Rabbits

“When these musical talents come together, the result is somewhat on a Beck-meets-Neil Young plane of congenial folk pop, especially on their newest album Oh, What an Honor/Oh, What a Drag.” – The Deli Mag (Portland)


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