Japanese art-house indie darlings The fin. have announced their cinematic debut album ‘There’ due out June 8th. The fin.’s debut album has finally arrived and for one-man mastermind Yuto Uchino it’s the summation of four years hard graft taking his band and his creativity around the globe. ‘There’ moves through a stupendous array of styles and feelings. From the misleading bedroom lo-fi ambience that begins Height to the arena-packing pop rock of Missing via the irresistible dance grooves of Shedding, Uchino never plays it safe for a second. Though he explores his whims and interests and wades into deep creative waters, ‘There’ is an album that never loses sight of the shore. Resolutely listenable from start to finish, it’s a testament to Uchino’s critical faculties as an artist that he always appears to be making the music he wants to hear. A master of space and texture ‘There’ is his opus and it’s an album to fall in love with. Bookended by the festival-primed lushness of Chains at the start, and ‘Lonerism’ style wig-out Alone In The Evening (1994) at the end, ‘There’ is a joyride of a record, constructed meticulously by a young man who already feels like an old master.
Uchino details the album: “There’s been so many things I’ve experienced in the 4 years since I started touring abroad. I’ve been trying to remain everything I had within my music and keep it pure as possibly could.” Take a listen to Shedding via Soundcloud below.
About Shedding: “I wrote the song last winter. My life had changed so much at that point and I felt like a new part of me was getting bigger and bigger. So I had to change something in me, like shed my skin off. But the winter was too cold for me to try and shed it somehow.”
While this year’s Pale Blue single may have set the stage for a more danceable Bee Gees style iteration of The fin.’s sound, it doesn’t really prepare you for the curveball of Shedding. Wielding the kind of restless R&B funk that could make MJ moonwalk his way back from the grave, Shedding is the sound of Yuto Uchino crafting a veritable butt-shaker. A deeply psychedelic dance number, Shedding struts along irresistibly like a smooth-moving lothario before the beat packs up, leaving the song in a state of suspended psychedelic animation, then it bounces back to dazzle with its syncopated fractal charms. At the centre of it all is Yuto, lost in a world of his own creating and riding the limitless highs of artistic creation.
More about The fin.? The fin. are a group comprised of Yuto Uchino (vocals and synths), Ryosuke Odagaki (guitar), and Kaoru Nakazawa (drums / bass). To date, they’ve performed to thousands of rapturous fans worldwide at major festivals including Fuji Rock, SXSW and The Great Escape. In 2015, they released their debut UK EP ‘Night Time’ through Lost In The Manor. Last year’s ‘Through The Deep’ EP was a cleverly refined follow-up and it prefaced their decision to move to London that autumn. Their tenure here has seen them develop themselves artistically through collaborations writing, recording, and touring with a wealth of British artists and producers like Brad Spence, All We Are, Circa Waves, Last Shadow Puppets, Petite Noir and many more. Praise has built quickly around the group and they’ve achieved over two million Spotify plays for their stylish Europhile blend of synth-pop, chillwave and dream-pop, complete with English lyrics addressing universal themes of everyday uncertainties. The Pale Blue/Afterglow vinyl was released on September 6th, followed by a supporting act for MEW in Tokyo and a UK tour in October with KOYO.
For more information on the fin., visit thefin.jp.