This ‘Fink’ review was written by Alex Whitaker, a GIGsoup contributor.
Following the release of 2014’s Hard Believer, Fink return with the intricate Horizontalism showcasing various remixes and dub versions of the 2014 hit.. The record has a far more delicate and progressive sound. With Hard Believer and 2012’s Perfect Darkness we are introduced to the ever more dominant use of electronic production within the band and Horizontalism is a full-on celebration of this.
The Brighton-based trio recently swapped the pebbly beaches of the South coast for the industrial landscape of Berlin and the influence of the German city is immediately evident on this track. The rustic and somewhat pessimistic ‘interpretations’ (as Greenall himself calls them) presented on Horizontalism sound like they belong in the warehouses of an industrial heartland far more than the modern, classical halls of a metropolis. The reverbing raw sounds so present on ‘Pilgrim-Moda232’ and ‘Shakespeare-Nachbarn39’ highlight this with an unnerving quality. As you hit the halfway-point with the bleak ‘A30 Breakdown’ you suddenly feel as if you’re walking through an abandoned tomb, like something out of Lord Of The Rings, with synthesisers echoing off the vast interior walls..
Frontman Fin Greenhall’s vocals still play an exquisite role on this record. The band have managed to echo that low-fi tone of Greenall’s voice to fit perfectly with the mood of the album. Long, drawn-out loops, recognisable from the melodies of Hard Believer, sway in-and-out of the songs like a mere ghost passing through. The delicate use of the vocals are appropriately subtle- Blink, and you’ll miss it.
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Arguably the most accomplished track on the record however is the opening number ‘Fall Into The Light’- an original piece not taken from the Hard Believer record. Fin Greenall’s voice plays a far more prominent role on this track than any other. The reverbing lyrics of “fall into the light” is almost like an introduction to the album. The listener is being told to let themselves become completely immersed by the sounds present. The acoustic-driven sounds of their previous albums are present before you are hit with the sonic boom of electronica, reminiscent of a 90s techno record.
What this album accomplishes is far more astute than anything this band has presented from their previous four albums. With many tracks exceeding the 5 minute-mark, the listener is given time to explore the downbeat eeriness of this record. Not all Hard Believer fans will enjoy this record. But for those that enjoy the progression of Fink’s latter albums this is sure to become an instant classic.
‘Horizontalism’ is out now on R’COUP’D
The full track-listing for ‘Horizontalism’ is as follows…
‘Fall Into the Light’
‘Looking Too Closely’
‘Suffering is the Art of Love’
‘Green and the Blue’
‘Music Won’t Save You’