This July will see the release of Fink's 'Hard Believer' on Ninja Tune, his first studio album since 2011's Perfect Darkness (although they have played thousands of shows in-between and recorded a live album with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.)
You can listen to the first single 'Looking Too Closely' below and we'll have an album pre-order up for ya'll soon.
We asked Fink to have a browse of our racks for us and pick out eight albums he's into.
james vincent mcmorrow - "post tropical" really interesting songwriting - bold performances - like - his voice isn't everybodies cup of tea - but for me - this record has so many epic moments it's really special
fuck buttons - "slow focus"
every home should have one - experimental progressive hardcore at it's most palatable
suuns - "images du future"
like a debut album from radiohead if radiohead had grown up listening to radiohead...
arcade fire - "reflektor"
this one has really split opinions out there - but in some ways i think it's their best yet - literally overflowing with ideas and sounds and vibes....
thought forms / esben and the witch - "split"
to be honest i havn't even turned it over to the thought forms side yet - the Esben half of this split is classic post-witch-core that makes you want to buy a cape and run around ...
bjork - biophilia
if you don't like bjork you'll really really hate this - it's so bjork - it's like bjork unplugged - but instead of playing the acoustic guitar she's playing the universe....
warpaint - warpaint
really - it took me a few listens to get into this record, and i was a huge fan of the first one after seeing them completely own Lowlands festival in holland in 2011, but it ended up soundtracking the first 3 months of this year - it just fits in every where...."Hi" is a classic...
Radiohead - amnesiac
possibly the greatest b-sides / outtakes collection of all time ! - i bumped into this record last week for the first time in ages and it hasn't aged a day....it actually makes me feel a little unwell to think that this record was recorded at the same time as Kid A....
Resurgam – meaning “I shall rise again” – is the hotly-anticipated sixth studio album from Fink: UK-born, Berlin-based founding singer-songwriter musician...
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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). Greenall has also earned global props as a film music composer, songwriting collaborator (including works with John Legend and Amy Winehouse) and solo innovator, with recent side-projects spanning the electronic Horizontalism (2015) to Fink’s Sunday Night Blues Club Vol.1 (2017).
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.
Fink’s live prowess is legendary in its own right, with the band earning rave reviews around the world, whether they’re performing in intimate mode or arena setting, or even teaming up with a renowned Amsterdam classical ensemble (a concert captured on the live album, Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, in 2013). For Resurgam, the core trio will expand to a live line-up with two drummers, and head out on an autumn 2017 tour of more than 60 dates, across 19 European countries, reaching more than 65,000 people.
"We tried to make a record we would listen to and go - flip - I wish we'd written that....and every time I listen to it that's exactly what I think," says Greenall. "And I kinda have to pinch myself to remind myself that we did.”
Resurgam is a bold new chapter; it is also unforgettably Fink: whole-hearted, soulful, irrepressible.