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IIUII

    ‘IIUII’ is essentially a re-imagining, a reminiscence and a unique take on the Best Of format, with the band re-recording key Fink tracks from 2006-2016 - “that whole arc, from my bedroom to having a proper hit, playing the big festival stages with big production, and all the rest,” according to Fin Greenall aka Fink.

    In 2019, after heavy band touring for three years, Fin did a solo acoustic tour which took him full circle back to the simplicity of those early days. Making an album that reflected this seemed like a beautiful way to tie the whole story together.

    Fink has previously collaborated with artists such as Bonobo, Amy Winehouse, John Legend, Professor Green and more.

    For fans of Bon Iver, The National, Nick Mulvey, Jose Gonzalez, Iron & Wine.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: And so to IIUII. Both the acoustic album and the book are a document of the first ten years of Fink Mark Two, 2006-16 - "that whole arc, from my bedroom to having a proper hit, playing the big festival stages with big production, and all the rest." In 2019, after heavy band touring for three years, Fin did a solo acoustic tour which took him full circle back to the simplicity of those early days - and making an album that reflected this seemed a beautiful way to tie the whole story together.

    TRACK LISTING

    Sort Of Revolution (IIUII)
    Warm Shadow (IIUII)
    Looking Too Closely (IIUII)
    Shakespeare (IIUII)
    Pills In My Pocket (IIUII)
    This Is The Thing (IIUII)
    Walking In The Sun (IIUII)
    Blueberry Pancakes (IIUII)
    Berlin Sunrise (IIUII)
    Maker (IIUII)
    Biscuits (IIUII)
    Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us (IIUII)

    Fink

    Resurgam

      "Resurgam" - meaning 'I shall rise again' - is the hotly-anticipated sixth studio album from Fink: UK-born, Berlin-based founding singer-songwriter musician Fin Greenall, alongside long-time bandmates Tim Thornton (drums, guitar) and Guy Whittaker (bass). It continues an acclaimed and distinctly adventurous catalogue, from the sample-splicing debut "Fresh Produce" (2000), through to the beautifully heady expressions of their last album, "Hard Believer" (2014). Fink have never been afraid to experiment; on "Resurgam", they arguably sound more fearless than ever. 'I was fresh off the Blues tour, voice thrashed, nails broken, the sweat from the last encore still on the guitar as I unpacked on the first day,' recalls Greenall. 'The first week was supposed to be set up and settling in – by the end of day 4 we had already recorded the track "Resurgam", the first track we nailed, on the first take, whilst essentially warming up...' "Resurgam" derives its title from a Latin inscription in a 900-year-old church in Greenall’s native Cornwall. Its vital, insistent spirit pulses through the entire album, which was recorded with ground-breaking producer Flood (PJ Harvey, U2, Foals, Warpaint, The Killers) at his Assault & Battery studios in North London. Its ten new tracks were created over two months, a relatively luxurious stretch of time compared to previous Fink albums, resulting in a collection that is both assertive and richly immersive. "Flood, present and engaged from the first demo, guided me through the process of doing things differently, from writing, to singing, to even thinking about the music I make," says Greenall. "His combination of 'deadlines are a good thing' versus 'fuck the deadline', and his mantra of 'making records to be bought, not sold' gave us all, in our own individual corner of the studio, the fire and the focus to pull together our firmest, strongest, and most coherent record to date." On the opening title number, "Resurgam"'s lyrics are deliberately stripped-back, but they also pack a powerful punch, along with a deliciously persuasive deep funk flow. There is revelation and redemption; Fink’s positive conviction pervades even the darkest sentiments here. "Day 22" deals with sobriety and temptation, spiked with Greenall’s characteristic observant wit ('the blood, sweat, tears taste so good'). The lead single, "Cracks Appear" delivers a headrush of melody, with warmth and candour. On the exquisitely bittersweet "Word To The Wise", Greenall lingers over the final notes of a love affair, tenderly accompanied on the piano by Douglas Dare. "Not Everything Was Better In The Past" feels like a personal awakening, merging sharp reflections and poignant moods.   A heavy, resonant bass underpins the production throughout, and a range of new elements are also added to the Fink mix, from Flood’s own vintage analogue synths, to sax (played by guest musician Martin Slattery) layered into the vivid atmospheres and skittering beats of "This Isn’t A Mistake". The rhythm guitar hook of "Godhead" brings out a West African influence, and lends a mesmerising backdrop to Greenall’s rousing vocals.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Brilliantly loose Americana-tinged singer-songwriting, groovy shimmering guitars and heartfelt odes, all topped with that swooning vocal lilt. A stunning outing.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Resurgam
      2. Day 22
      3. Cracks Appear
      4. Word To The Wise
      5. Not Everything Was Better In The Past
      6. The Determined Cut
      7. Godhead
      8. This Isn't A Mistake
      9. Covering Your Tracks
      10. There's Just Something About You

      Following the success of last year’s 'Hard Believer' album - which saw the trio known as Fink melding Fin Greenall’s ruggedly lush vocals with a slow-burning and steady-thumping array of string plucking (Guy Whittaker) and cymbal smashing (Tim Thornton) - they ring in 2015 with 'Horizontalism'.

      Presented as a collection of dubs from 'Hard Believer', the re-worked material takes on a decidedly more mysterious turn: vocals dangle and loop precariously over raw edges of murky sound, lasers oscillate and waves crash, percussion click-clacks somewhere far away, and the listener somehow draws nearer to the core from which Fink draws the sonic intimacy for which they’re so well-known.

      Inspired by Greenall’s new home in Berlin and his resurgent interest in electronic production, his series of mixes may stand in stark contrast to the bands musical output of the past years but the listener finds themselves at the same intersection of impassioned storytelling, manifest emotion and darkly beautiful ambience that Fink fans have come to expect.

      TRACK LISTING

      Fall Into The Light
      Looking Too Closely (So36dub)
      Shakespeare (Nachbarn39)
      Pilgrim (Moda232)
      A30 Breakdown
      Suffering Is The Art Of Love
      White Flag (Nachteule143)
      Hard Believer (kstr10179)
      Green And The Blue (RLP12-321)
      Music Won’t Save You (Horizontalism Mix)


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