Craig Finn Details New Album 'A Legacy of Rentals,' Drops "Messing with the Settings"

"The song is literally a eulogy," the Hold Steady vocalist says of his new single

BY James MartensPublished Mar 25, 2022

Craig Finn — lead singer of the Hold Steady — has announced a new solo album A Legacy of Rentals, out May 20 via Positive Jams/Thirty Tigers, in addition to releasing its lead-off track, "Messing with the Settings."

A Legacy of Rentals — Finn's fifth solo record — finds him again working with longtime producer Josh Kaufman. Speaking of the album, Finn said in a press release:

After the destruction of the past few years, I believe that there is joy in each and every living action, however mundane — walking to the kitchen, missing a train, spilling coffee, cleaning it up, meeting a friend for a meal. We all want to be remembered. We all want our time here to be consequential. In taking these daily actions, we engage in hope, and we guarantee our unique place in history.

The record's first taste, "Messing with the Settings," is a sombre, string-laden affair, with Finn swapping sweet singing on the choruses with spoken-word verses.

In a press release, Finn had this to say about the song: "This song is literally a eulogy. It's delivered by someone who has lost touch with the recently deceased but still finds them important. Musically, it really explores the line between talking and singing, which was something we leaned into on this record."

Listen to "Messing with the Settings" and watch the album trailer below.

A Legacy of Rentals:

1. Messing with the Settings
2. The Amarillo Kid
3. Birthdays
4. The Year We Fell Behind
5. Due to Depart
6. Curtis & Shepard
7. Never Any Horses
8. Jessamine
9. A Break from the Barrage
10. This Is What It Looks Like

Pre-order A Legacy of Rentals.

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