Keep Myself Alone Now - Fink

from the album Fink's Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1 (2017)

Fink, a.k.a. Fin Greenall, is an English singer-songwriter and producer who splits his time between London and Berlin.  After spending the better part of two years immersing himself in the blues, he has emerged with a fantastic album that is as notable for its technique as it is for its tone, texture, and vibe.

Fink's Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1 was recorded at Greenall's studio in Berlin.  The recording was made "live" - typically in a single take - with each track using a single vintage microphone and a single vintage amplifier.  The resulting vibe is electrifying and timeless.  You feel like you are in some dark backroom from another era.  And, in essence, you are.

The album is co-produced by Greenall and Flood.  Flood is notable for his early work as an engineer on some of my favorite records, including Movement by New Order, Wonderland by Erasure, and The Joshua Tree by U2.  He later went on to produce the U2 albums Zooropa, Pop, and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.  He is a big deal.

The song I dig most on this record is Keep Myself Alone Now.  The opening drums and bass sound as though they were recorded eighty years ago.  Add the vocals, gospel inspired back-up stylings, lap-steel guitar, and light pop of horns and you create a simmering stew of swampy musical texture.  Your shoulders can't help but sway to the hook line of "Forward.  Gotta keep moving."

The deeper you listen to this song, the more inspired it becomes.  Every sound, every tone, perfect.

Do not mistake this as a lo-fi experiment by a guy named Fink.  This is high art from a very talented team.

Click Here to listen to Keep Myself Alone Now.