“A life in music is all about little victories – the first record, the first sell-out show, the first ‘bus’ tour… if you get through these challenges, new benchmarks always appear.” Fink
Resurgam – meaning “I Shall Rise Again” – is the brand new album from Fink: UK-born, Berlin-based founding singer-songwriter/musician Fin Greenall, alongside bandmates Tim Thornton (drums, guitar) and Guy Whittaker (bass). Its title is taken from the Latin inscription on a chapel painting in Greenall’s native Cornwall; its tone embodies the irrepressible spirit of these latest tracks. Recorded with pioneering producer Flood (PJ Harvey, U2, Foals, Warpaint, The Killers) at his Assault & Battery studios in London, Resurgam represents another vital benchmark for an outfit who have always been intrepid in their musical scope, international in their reach (including their hugely celebrated, innovative live tours), and soulful at their core.
When Fink are not on the road – and they will be again soon, with a European tour of more than 60 dates already booked for Resurgam this year, reaching more than 65,000 people across 19 countries – Greenall is now based in Berlin. Distance has never kept him apart from long-time friends and bandmates Thornton and Whittaker: fellow musical visionaries, who have also become integral players in Fink’s songwriting and creative process. The trio form a tight creative unit with a fearless approach, whether they’re experimenting with conceptual stage design (for 2011’s Perfect Darkness tour), or performing classical reworkings in concert with Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (which yielded a live album, Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, on Ninja Tune in 2013). Since Fink’s first ever gig, at London’s ICA in 2005, there have been well over 500 acclaimed live shows, across an incredible range of settings, from a bingo hall to the BBC Proms. For their 2017 tour dates, Fink will feature a dynamic expanded line-up, including an additional drummer/percussionist.
On Resurgam, nothing is set in stone, and the possibilities feel exhilarating. The album’s ten songs were created over two months, a relatively luxurious stretch of time for Fink, with each atmospheric track given breathing space to unfold. A sense of conviction underpins everything, whether Greenall is laying his soul bare on the lead single ‘Cracks Appear’, or expressing optimism against the odds: on ‘Day 22’s tussle with sobriety and temptation (where he sings: “The blood, sweat, tears taste so good”), or the end of the affair evoked in piano ballad ‘Word To The Wise’.