It is easy to shrug off yet another singer/songwriter. They are an ever-growing lot, limited to anyone with a well-inked pen and an acoustic guitar. Yet the genre continues to surprise with acts like Brighton England’s Fink, aka Fin Greenall, whose Sort of Revolution has finally made its way to American shores.
The opening, title track begins as expected; mellow strumming, earnest vocals, and a clipping rhythm that brims with intrigue. But with each verse, the song expands like blown glass, the themes swirling and colorful, as an infectious dub groove emerges to erase any comparisons to other artists of Fink’s ilk. And so it goes over the course of the release, most tracks amplifying much like the first, led by Greenall’s astute sense of melody and texture, and bolstered by the backing of Guy Whitaker on bass and Tim Thornton on drums. “Nothing is Ever Finished” rides a lateral rhythm imbued with intensity, and “Maker,” one of the spotlight songs on the album, showcases Fink’s soulful, slick approach aboard an undercurrent of organ.
Despite the handful of notable compositions, Sort of Revolution does hold loosely to the singer/songwriter vibe. “Six Weeks” and “Walking in the Sun” regress into the genre’s stronghold; a songwriter and his guitar, stripped down and introspective. While these occasions pale against the more vibrant elements of the album, the talent is clear and the songwriting concise. Like a cheap beer on a hot summer day, Sort of Revolution isn’t perfect, but refreshing nonetheless.
Sort of Revolution is out now on Ninja Tune.