Tuesday 16 December 2008
Fink is simply brilliant.
When he signed on to the Ninja Tune label and produced his first record with them, there was little that pointed to the fact that the label had discovered a genius. But a second album, entitled Biscuits For Breakfast became the first non-electro album to be released under the Ninja Tune name... It was fun to see Fink persistently classified in the electronic music section of your local record shops by people who might not have even tried to give it a listen.
Distance and Time sees Fink develop his folk-blues approach to music even further. His lyrics are deeply autobiographical and often dark and depressing. Accompanied by Guy Whittaket on bass and Tim Thornton on the drums, the music here is airy and sophisticated. The light beats and fragile voice on ’Make it Good’ are illustrative of the desire that Fink has to be creative in a genre that has at times been rather crowded. ’This is the Thing’, the albums’ second track, is sung with the regret-filled voice of a man who sees his relationship move to an end - and, as with all the other tracks here, it is spoken with hearwarming honesty.
There is no anger here... There are no samples either. Just a desire to sing the truth with a thoughtful calmness and a dazzling dreaminess.
"I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me." John Cleese