Japan’s sleek dream-pop quartet The fin. announce new EP and share video for ‘Through The Deep’ ahead of their UK tour and gig at The Great Escape, plus Tokyo show with The Last Shadow Puppets The five-track ‘Through The Deep’ EP, mastered by Joe Lambert (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Warpaint), is the band’s second to be released in the UK, and will be out on Lost In The Manor records on 3 June.
There’s a theme running through the beauteous new EP by The fin. that permeates more than just the song titles. Oceanic imagery features heavily in Yuto Uchino’s lyrics, as references to ship, shore and submersion loom large. The singer articulates these tales of impermanence and transition to a shimmering, sophisticated indie art-pop backing that will be familiar to fin. fans, even though there’s a greater electronic influence to this EP, as synths carry more of the weight, melodically and rhythmically.
Opener ‘White Breath’ builds on its vehement piano/vocal intro to envelop a cropped hypnotic groove with springy keyboard stabs, dubby fx and, of course, Uchino’s soaring harmonies. “I saw you jumped into the sea/What could you see from there?” the singer then questions to the symphonic arpeggios of ‘Divers’, set to a characteristically minimalist beat and crunchy bassline that segues into a second act of controlled yet quietly euphoric trance-pop.
The title track, ‘Through The Deep’ opens with a swell of surf guitar and thump of percussive kick drum that evolves into a stylish, deceptively complex composition that hums with sonic exploration and an ambient energy that will only tease the listener with its brevity. Even shorter is the 67 seconds of ‘Heat’, which finds The fin. at their most stripped down, just a wash of sine-waves, a sparkling melodic refrain and Yuto’s distinctive tones proclaiming the sudden onset of intensity. Finally, ‘Anchorless Ship’ is a modest masterwork of smooth, uncluttered funk built on a sustained pulse resembling the sonar ping of a submarine’s radar. A wash of synth then announces a change of course towards the tune’s expansive, ecstatic coda, as Yuto sings about deeper immersion in dreams.
The compelling video to ‘Through The Deep’ (below) depicts a colourful traveller in a post-apocalyptic landscape, who happens upon a decrepit fairground and its ageing inhabitant. It’s a video full of grace, space and mystique, and as such is the perfect accompaniment to the ethereal wonder of The fin.’s new EP.
Tracklisting for Through The Deep
Through The Deep
See The fin. live.
27 Tokyo,JP – Studio Coast (The Last Shadow Puppets support)
13 London, UK – The Finsbury
14 Southampton, UK – The Alex
15 London, UK – Old Queens Head
19 Reading, UK – The Purple Turtle
21 Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
26 London, UK – Tooting Tram & Social
27 Portsmouth, UK – The Edge of The Wedge
09 Hong Kong – Hang Out
10 Taipei, Taiwan – THE WALL
16 Sendai, JP – CLUB SHAFT
17 Tokyo, JP – CIRCUS TOKYO
18 Shizuoka, JP – FREAKSHOW
19 Kyoto, JP – METRO
21 Hiroshima, JP – 4.14
22 Fukuoka, JP – The Voodoo Lounge
25 Sappro, JP – KRAPS HALL
02 Kobe,JP – Rokko Sun Music