Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Fink - Perfect Darkness

Hear the full album here.

Fin "Fink" Greenall was once a DJ for the dance label Ninja Tune.  In 2006, he made a drastic switch to acoustic, folk music.  Since then he has fused elements of jazz, blues, soul, electronica, and folk making him one of the most compelling folk musicians in the scene today. 

In Perfect Darkness, Greenall keeps the same recipe as his previous albums.  The subject-matter wanders through quite a range of tense emotion, however, I couldn't help feeling a bit of warmth still emanating from the music.  The title track, and first song on the album, immediately draws the listener into a simplistic web of melancholy acoustic-jazz, while in other songs, like "Honesty", Greenall searches for answers to past heartache with a cool anger that resonates with the building ambience.  "Wheels", on the other hand, presents a straightforward blues melody that will immediately have the listener foot-tapping away.  "Warm Shadow", probably my favorite song on the album, starts off with a steady strumming that reminded me of a darker version of the beginning of "Two Step" by Dave Matthews.  The focus, however, is never taken away from the rhythmic strumming, even as an electric guitar emerges at the song's midpoint.  Really, Greenall's soulful voice and impressive acoustic guitar play are at the forefront in this album.  It is hard not to be fully mesmerized by Greenall's stretched words as he hums over some of the most brilliant acoustic finger-picked styles I've ever heard.

You won't necessarily find any catchy melodies in Perfect Darkness.  And, even though there really isn't anything new here in comparison to earlier Fink albums, the simplistic nature of the album and Greenall's voice and acoustic handiwork make this the perfect album for a chill evening.

You can buy Perfect Darness on iTunes and Amazon.

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